ESPI Workshop 2011: Civil Protection needs space-based applications.

The European Civil Protection Community needs integrated space-based applications to strengthen their collective responsibility. This was the articulate result of a two day workshop organised by the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), together with the Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior (BM.I), the Austrian Aeronautics and Space Agency (ALR), and ESA on May 5-6 2011 in Vienna.

Following the presentations of lessons learnt from past events and relevant discussion on existing best practices, the workshop participants agreed on the necessity of dedicated future initiatives targeting:

  • Interoperability
  • Availability
  • Robustness
  • Cost effectiveness
  • Developing common best practices

Based on the results of the workshop and  ESPI and ESA will publish an in-depth report serving as policy advice for introducing integrated satellite-based services into Civil Protection Activities. In addition ESA.s IAP programme plans to financially support activities addressing the demand and requirements identified during the workshop in the near future.

To consolidate and validate the outcomes of the workshop, an Advisory Team of Polish, Austrian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, and Romanian officials is planned to contribute to the upcoming workshop on the .Use of modern technologies for effective crisis communication., organised under the Polish EU Council Presidency in Warsaw, on the 19th and 20th of July.

The European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) is actively involved in the IAP programmes. Ambassador Network. For further information please contact the IAP Ambassador Erich Klock or refer to the Ambassador Platform for Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) in Central & Eastern European Region (APCEE). Some presentations held at the workshop as well as photographic impressions are available for download below.


5th May 2011



ESA's Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP)

Using Space Technology in Emergency Medical Care and Disaster Response

Crisis Communication and Satellite Input: Plans of the Polish Presidency in the EU

Use of Space Technologies by French Civil Protection Authorities


 European Perspective

Space for Civil Protection: The European Context

ESA Short Term Plan for Civil Protection

6th May 2011


 National Perspective & Lessons Learned

Romanian Emergency System Management

German: THW - Missions Abroad and Satellite Applications

Lower Austria: Satellite Services and Applications

Lower Austria: Space for Civil Protection

Hungary: State of Space Based Solutions for Disaster Management

Poland: Practical Experience of Satellite Support for Civil Protection

Spain: Space-based Solutions for Disaster Management and Emergency Response


11 May 2011
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