Humanitarian Operations

To illustrate how the above will solve real problems, an example from the Ivory Coast is provided. Due to the specific event—toxic waste dumping in Abidjan—both humanitarian operation and environmental assessment were combined and UN, EC and national entities (civil protection) worked together. The deployed UNDAC team worked closely with European Civil Protection Mechanism/MIC.

The hardware used by UNDAC (digital camera, separate GPS) was useful to document the various toxic dumpsites throughout the city. Due to extended rumors concerning the number of toxic sites, their location and effects, the civilian population as well as international humanitarian community staff experienced collective insecurity and fear.

Once the field-collected photos were plotted on a map and environmental experts within the EC and UNDAC teams had given their expert opinion on the effects of the toxics, the population was more reassured and effective clean up was implemented by the Government. To do this, it was crucial to have reliable geo-tagged field data

This case illustrates how both national and international actors will benefit of GEO-PICTURES solutions building on existing institutional procedures coupled with appropriate hardware and information systems. If near real-time geo-coded photos could have been automatically uploaded to a web-based information system, online maps—as well as corresponding hardware maps—would efficiently have contributed to key information to plan and implement the clean-up process and to provide expert information on the situation to the affected population more timely. Such updated and accurate information would also have been useful for the media, which could have transmitted accurate information on the situation to the population, as opposed to the exaggerated rumors on extent of waste and its effects that was communicated.

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