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18th Annual Report of the Charter


28 enero 2020

18th Annual Report of the Charter

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Location of the 2018 activations (by hazard type)

The 18th annual report of the International Charter is now available, and describes the Charter's activities throughout 2018.

The Charter was activated 33 times in 2018, covering disasters in 24 countries and by the end of 2018, the Charter had been triggered for 594 disasters in 125 countries since 2000.

Six Charter activations were among the 10 most severe natural disasters in 2018 as registered by CRED's EM-DAT. In 2018, the most catastrophic events were the major earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia in September 2018, killing 4,929 people, the floods in India killing 504 people, the earthquake in Indonesia in June 2018 killing 564 people and the volcanic activities in Guatemala and Indonesia respectively killing 425 and 453 people. 

The United Arab Emirates Space Agency (UAESA) became a member of the Charter, supported by the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC). Representatives from UAESA introduced their organization during the 37th Charter Board meeting in Oxford, UK from 24 to 28 April 2017. The Charter Board accepted UAESA's application for membership and concluded that the Charter could significantly benefit from the resources offered. UAESA thus became the 17th member of the Charter during the 39th Board meeting in April 2018.

Five Project Manager training sessions were organized by CNSA, DLR, CNES, ESA, and UKSA/DMCii to strengthen the network of Charter Project managers. The Charter also continued its collaboration with the CEOS Working Group on Disasters to allow CEOS Pilot teams to access Charter data in order to support their research.

The Gaofen-4, Gaofen-3, CBERS-4 and KOMPSAT-3A satellites were all added as Charter satellite resources at the end of the year.

UAESA signing ceremony
Credit: EUMETSAT, Signature ceremony for UAESA's accession to the Charter