NASA and US Agency for International Development (USAID) have started the SERVIR-Mekong project, to strengthen the environmental monitoring in Southeast Asia region.
It has been launched in the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Bangkok, Thailand to serve the 5 countries of the Mekong River Basin viz. Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam.
- The focus of this project is to host vital issues in the Mekong river basin region in the five countries which is often called as rice bowl of Asia.
- It will enable these countries better address issues of natural resource and disaster management and support climate resilience studies including reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
- The project will help these Governments incorporate Earth observations and geospatial technologies in improving management of water and natural resources.
- Provide early warning of dramatic changes in regional water, weather, land cover and land use and climate and food security.
About SERVIR project
It was initiated in 2005 by researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama. It name SERVIR is has been derived from Spanish which means to serve.
It has been developed by an alliance of more than 90 nations and organisations which are collaborating to build a global Earth-observing system to benefit society’s needs.