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UN-SPIDER Office in Romania

on 05 June 2009

The President of the Romanian Space Agency, Mr. Marius-Ioan Pisom and Ms. Mazlan Othman, Director of the UN Office on space problems, signed today, 4 June 2009 in Vienna, a cooperation agreement on the establishment in Bucharest of a regional office of SPIDER system.

SPIDER stands for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response, under the UN coordination.

This system was created by the UN General Assembly 61/110 resolution, requested by a number of Member States, including Romania. Currently, in Europe are available UN Office SPIDER in Bonn, Germany, followed by the Regional Office in Bucharest.

The system will be made ​​in the structure of the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and will have as main activity monitoring dangerous floods and exchange of information with other operational structures in the world to obtain in shortest time the satellite information necessary for emergency monitoring. Its achievement is one of the results of a set of R & D projects co-financed by the Ministry of Education and Research within the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union, with the main actors - the Research Center of the Romanian Space Agency, the National Meteorological Administration and CRUTA - Romanian Center for Remote Sensing in Agriculture. The conclusion of this agreement were made possible because of the success of technological and operational experience gained by ROSA and its partners in monitoring four major floods in Romania between 2005 - 2008, under the aegis of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.