Dhiraagu and UNDP Maldives Concludes ‘Drones for Resilience’ Workshop

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Dhiraagu and UNDP Maldives through a partnership has concluded a 2-day workshop on drone usage for resilient planning in Addu as part of a broader project; “Drones for Resilience’.

According to a press release by Dhiraagu, through the project, representatives from the Addu City Council, Maldives Red Crescent (MRC) Addu Branch, and Dhiraagu will capture drone images of all inhabited islands of Addu City. Once the captured images are processed they can be used in any Geographic Information System (GIS). The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) will assist in layering these images with risk and hazard information collected by MRC.

Furthermore, these maps can then be used by Addu City Council for disaster aware, evidence-based planning. Council can also layer additional information and use it in city planning beyond just Disaster Risk Reduction.

“Environmental Sustainability is a key focus area in our CSR programme and we are happy with our involvement in this project which uses digital technology to build capacities for resilience and development” Athifa Ali, Director of Corporate Services stated.

In addition to that, speaking of the project, the UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in the area of Resilience and Climate Change Mr. Ahmed Shifaz stated “Our hope is that the project will benefit Addu City Council not just for disaster risk reduction but also as a useful tool for evidence-based local development planning. Such risk-informed planning will surely contribute to strengthen long term resilience of their communities”

The telecommunications provider, Dhiraagu and UNDP Maldives have had a successful history of collaborating together, with the launch of key initiatives such as the Startup Weekend Maldives (2017), Youth Leadership Programme (2018) and Film for Change in 2017 & 2018.