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NASA and USAID launched SERVIR-Mekong to monitor environment in Southeast Asia

Sep 3, 2015 13:37 IST

NASA and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on 31 August 2015 launched SERVIR-Mekong, to serve the countries of the Mekong River Basin: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

It is a joint project that is aimed at strengthening regional environmental monitoring in the above five countries in the lower Mekong region of Southeast Asia. The SERVIR-Mekong will aid climate resilience, food and water security.

The SERVIR-Mekong hub is located at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand. It joins a growing global community of scientists and decision-makers using publicly available data from space assets to address critical regional issues.  

The SERVIR program helps governments and development stakeholders in incorporating Earth observations and geospatial technologies into natural disaster response to improve food security, safeguard human health and manage water and natural resources.

The other partner partners of the SERVIR-Mekong consortium are the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center of The Netherlands; the Stockholm Environment Institute in Sweden and the Spatial Informatics Group of Pleasanton, California.

SERVIR global demand support is provided by Development Alternatives Incorporated, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.

About SERVIR
• SERVIR was developed in coordination with the Group on Earth Observations, an alliance of more than 90 nations collaborating to build a global Earth-observing system to benefit society's needs. SERVIR is a Spanish term that means to serve.
• This program was initiated in 2005 by researchers at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama which continues to house the SERVIR Coordination Office.
• The first SERVIR hub was launched in 2005 in Panama City, Panama and served the Mesoamerican region and the Dominican Republic.
• SERVIR is operated by the Earth Science Division's Applied Sciences Program in NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

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