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mobile4D pilot system implemented in three Lao provinces

On January 21, a pilot installation of the mobile4D disaster alerting and reporting system went live in southern provinces of Laos. This pilot installation will serve as a case study to monitor system use by government officials and impact on disaster management workflows in the local administration. Before, the Capacity Lab team of the University of Bremen (including two students of the mobile4D student project, installed the base system on a server in the Lao E-government center in Vientiane. For the first time, all services of mobile4D are now running in Laos. The installation was followed by a three day training session in Atapeu. Government officials from district and province offices in the provinces Atapeu, Sekong, and Salavan have been trained to use mobile4D. In the future, these officials will serve as trainers for further users of the system. After the training sessions in Atapeu, districts of the participating provinces were visited to learn about working conditions and further raise understanding of the system in the trainees's home environment. The district and provincial staff was assigned responsibility for reporting and will go back to their home district to observe and report on small disasters that might occur in their district such as flood, drought, landslide, infrastructure damage, etc. As a future step it is planned toexpand the use of the software to all districts within the country to catalyze cross-sectoral collaboration to ensure disaster reporting and on time mitigation action. The mobile4D pilot installation was organized by our long-standing partner, the Lao Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF), and supported by researchers of the Faculty of Forestry at the National University of Laos (NUoL). Logistic support was provided by the Food and Nutrition Security and Market Linkages Programme (FNML), which is supported by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). The Bremen team is funded by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF).

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