IPP Asia-Pacific - Space for Human Security and Crisis Management

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30 Jun 2021 08:00 - 09:30
UK Space Agency - International Partnership Programme

About this event 

Join the UK Space Agency’s award-winning International Partnership Programme (IPP) series of regional webinars across Asia-Pacific, Africa, and Latin America & Caribbean. IPP projects will be showcasing their satellite applications, capabilities and outcomes  tackling global development challenges including climate change, agriculture, maritime security, and disaster resilience.

What is the International Partnership Programme (IPP)?

The UK Space Agency’s International Partnership Programme (IPP) is an award-winning >£150 million space for sustainable development initiative which utilises the UK space sector’s capabilities in satellite technology and data services to deliver measurable and sustainable economic, societal and/or environmental benefits in partnership with developing countries. Since 2016, IPP has grant-funded 43 projects in 47 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America to develop space-based solutions which tackle global development challenges such as climate and disaster resilience, food security, maritime issues, disease forecasting, and improving access to financial services, whilst facilitating new trade opportunities for the UK space sector.

IPP is funded from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF). This £1.5 billion Official Development Assistance (ODA) fund supports cutting-edge research and innovation on global issues affecting developing countries. ODA-funded activity focuses on outcomes that promote long-term sustainable development and growth in countries on the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list. IPP is ODA compliant, being delivered in alignment with UK Aid Strategy and the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Who are these webinars for?

  • Existing and new international partners, e.g. inter-governmental organisations, industry, academia, NGO's, development agencies, etc.
  • Investors
  • Science and innovation networks
  • Donors, foundations
  • UK and international government representatives working in Embassies/High Commissions
  • UK cross-government stakeholders

IPP projects presenting in this webinar:

DAMSAT (DAm Monitoring from SATellites) (HR Wallingford) (Mining/Industrial)

DAMSAT uses satellite technology to remotely monitor water and tailings dams and other tailings deposit areas.

D-MOSS (Dengue Forecasting Model Satellite-based System(HR Wallingford) (Health)

D-MOSS is a pioneering dengue forecasting system which gives beneficiaries several months advance warning of likely outbreaks of dengue fever. This system uses Earth Observation data to give early warning for dengue fever outbreaks in three South Asian countries.

CommonSensing (UNITAR - United Nations Institute for Training and Research) (Climate/Disaster Resilience)

CommonSensing uses satellite remote sensing capabilities to support the Governments of Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu in their efforts to build resilience to the devastating impacts of climate change and improve access to climate finance.

RIOS (Re-settlement Information and Observation System) (Institute of Environmental Analytics) (Disaster resilience)

RIOS will provide a monitoring service for managing informal settlements in Colombia, aiming to help mitigate against the danger of loss of life arising from natural disasters in settlement areas

ASTUS (Anti-trafficking using Satellite Technology for Uganda’s Sustainability (University of Nottingham) (Humanitarian)

ASTUS aims to tackle human trafficking and forced labour. It will develop a stakeholder-informed data-driven Earth Observation (EO) approach to support anti-trafficking efforts in Uganda.  

Complete webinar series programme

IPP - Asia-Pacific

IPP - Africa

IPP - Latin America & Caribbean

Example projects achieving sustainable change

Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu: The CommonSensing project supported disaster relief efforts through swift provision of maps and analysis reports to partners when Cyclone Harold – a devastating Category 5 storm – hit Pacific island nations in April 2020.

Ghana and Kenya: Since its inception, the Forests 2020 project has brought nearly one million hectares of forest under Earth Observation-based monitoring. The aim of this project is to protect and restore up to 300 million hectares of tropical forests globally by improving national forest monitoring systems.

Malaysia: The EASOS marine watch tool has helped to identify and map the trajectory of 3 oil spills, improving the response to and policing of marine pollution. Clean-up costs saved by early intervention are estimated to be over £1.5 million each in 2 spills identified.

For more achievements to date, please see the IPP mid-line evaluation (assessment of IPP delivery and achievements to December 2019)


ipp@ukspaceagency.gov.uk / daniel.tse@ukspaceagency.gov.uk