1. A workshop on “Best Practices in the use of Space Technology for Disaster Management” is being held jointly by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) at Mexico City from 13-15 July 2016. For this, three senior ISRO Scientists namely, Dr. V. Bhanumurthy, Dr. J.V. Thomas and Dr. V.M. Ramanujam, will come to Mexico City and address the participants in the Workshop along with their Mexican counterparts, namely Dr. Javier Mendieta, Director General of AEM, Dr. Carlos Valdes, Director General of CENAPRED, Mr. Julio Castillo, Director of Space Security and Mr. Oscar Zepeda, Director of Remote Sensing.
2. The Workshop will have dedicated sessions on effects of Hydro-meteorological phenomenon of cyclones, droughts, floods and forestry; Geological phenomenon of earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides and volcanic activities; and human generated activities. It will also dwell upon the use of Space Technologies for Communication and geo-location for disaster management such as telecommunications, Global Navigation Satellite System, use of small satellites and best practices developed.
3. An MoU on “Space Cooperation for Peaceful Purposes” was signed between ISRO and AEM in October 2014. Since then, the officials of ISRO and AEM have maintained constant interactions through participation in bilateral and international events organized in the two countries.
4. During the meeting of Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and Mexican President Mr. Enrique Peña Nieto in Mexico City on 8 June 2016, the two leaders welcomed the bilateral collaboration in Space Science, Earth Observation, Climate and Environmental Studies. They also called for the efficient use of space related resources available in India and Mexico for remote sensing, advance warning for disaster prevention and launch of satellites between AEM and ISRO.