Past Activities


FLEWS review by Principal Secretary (R&DM), Assam
Preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Arunachal Pradesh
Release of Wetland Atlas of NE states
FLEWS review by Hon’ble Member, NEC
Preparation of North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP)
Workshop on construction of Green and eco-sustainable habitat
Interaction meeting with Chief Secretary, Govt. of Meghalaya
4th Meeting of North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) Society held on Feb 23, 2011, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
Meeting on Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk project (HRVA) held on 28th February, 2011 with Tripura State Disaster Management Authority at Agartala, Tripura
Visit by Member, National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST)
Review of the progress of the work under FLEWS by Chief Secretary, Govt. of Assam on 18-3-2011
Preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Assam, Guwahati
Preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Meghalaya, Shillong
Preparation of North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP) in East Khasi Hill District, Meghalaya





FLEWS review by Principal Secretary (R&DM), Assam

A meeting was organized by Department of Revenue and Disaster Management (R&DM), Govt. of Assam on Dec 21, 2010 to review the outcome of Flood Early Warning System (FLEWS) developed by NESAC. Principal Secretary (R&DM), Govt. of Assam presided over the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Commissioners of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji Districts. Representatives of other flood affected districts of Assam viz., Nalbari, Barpeta and Baska were also attended the meeting. Director, NESAC made a detail presentation on present status of activities under FLEWS. Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur informed that the success rate of FLEWS was about 60 percent during 2010 flood season. A decision was taken in the meeting to constitute an expert group with CEO, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) as Chairman and members from other stakeholders like IMD, CWC, AWRD, NRSC, NIH, Academia (IITs and Universities), where NESAC will be the nodal agency.





Preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Arunachal Pradesh

The orientation and appraisal meeting on preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Arunachal Pradesh was held on Dec 28, 2010 in the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. Director, NESAC made a detail presentation on methodology and plans for preparation of forest working plan inputs for Arunachal Pradesh. Senior officials from forests department of Arunachal Pradesh, and Scientists from Arunachal Pradesh Remote Sensing Application Centre (APRSAC) participated in the discussions. It was decided to start the project in the state jointly by NESAC, APRSAC and Arunachal Pradesh Forest Department.







Release of Wetland Atlas of NE states

Wetland Atlas of seven states of NER (except Sikkim) prepared under the National Wetland Inventory and Assessment project was released on Feb, 02, 2011 (Word Wetland Day) at NESAC by Secretary, North Eastern Council. The project has been coordinated by Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad. NESAC was responsible for execution of the project in Meghalaya state. The Atlas release function was well published in local and national news papers and TV channels.
Press release on various activities of NESAC was also made in the sideline of the function.

 



 

FLEWS review by Principal Secretary (R&DM), Assam

A meeting was organized by Department of Revenue and Disaster Management (R&DM), Govt. of Assam on Dec 21, 2010 to review the outcome of Flood Early Warning System (FLEWS) developed by NESAC. Principal Secretary (R&DM), Govt. of Assam presided over the meeting, which was attended by Deputy Commissioners of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji Districts. Representatives of other flood affected districts of Assam viz., Nalbari, Barpeta and Baska were also attended the meeting. Director, NESAC made a detail presentation on present status of activities under FLEWS. Deputy Commissioner of Lakhimpur informed that the success rate of FLEWS was about 60 percent during 2010 flood season. A decision was taken in the meeting to constitute an expert group with CEO, Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) as Chairman and members from other stakeholders like IMD, CWC, AWRD, NRSC, NIH, Academia (IITs and Universities), where NESAC will be the nodal agency.



 

Preparation of North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP)

A project titled ‘North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP)’ for the entire NER has been initiated under the guidance of Director, NESAC. The pilot work has already been completed for the West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. Results of the pilot study were demonstrated to the Deputy Commissioner West Khasi Hills district on February 05, 2011 in presence of senior officials from the line departments.

Prototype of NEDRP made for West Khasi Hills district was appreciated by the district authority and mentioned that this type of information portal is very much essential for providing inputs to various kinds of developmental planning at district level. It was also suggested that this must be available for each of the district HQ of Meghalaya.


NEDRP will act as a sort of Decision Support System (DSS) through effective utilization, management and planning of natural resources at district level. Recently, many other district administrations of the state are approaching NESAC for such information portal.
A proposal is made for execution of NEDRP for the entire NER in two phases. Phase-I will cover the seven districts of Meghalaya, where as Phase-II will be initiated for the remaining districts of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura after successful completion of Phase-I.

 



 

Workshop on construction of Green and eco-sustainable habitat

A day long workshop on construction of Green and eco-sustainable habitat was held on Feb 11, 2011 at NESAC on the occasion of NESAC residential complex being constructed for 3 star certification of Green Building by the GRIHA – secretariat, New Delhi. The workshop was graced by the Hon’ble Member, NEC. The NESAC residential campus is going to be the second “GREEN Campus” in North East India after IIM, Shillong.

 




Interaction meeting with Chief Secretary, Govt. of Meghalaya

An interaction meeting of Director, NESAC was held with the Chief Secretary, Govt. of Meghalaya on Feb 17, 2011 at the latter’s office. Director NESAC apprised the Chief Secretary about various activities of NESAC and invited him for the 4th meeting of NESAC Society. Discussions were held on various issues including the dispute of land acquisition for construction of NESAC residential quarters at Umiam. Chief Secretary, Govt. of Meghalaya appreciated the various activities of NESAC and offered to extend full support in solving the problems related to construction of NESAC residential quarters.

 



4th Meeting of North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) Society held on Feb 23, 2011, at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

The 4th meeting of NESAC Society was held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, on Feb 23, 2011. The meeting was chaired by Shri Bijoy Krishna Handique, Hon’ble Minister, DONER and Chairman, NEC. Director, NESAC made a detail presentation on activities carried out by NESAC since the 3rd meeting of NESAC society. He highlighted the major achievements of the centre with emphasis on flood early warning system, agricultural drought monitoring in NER, agrometerological services, etc.

Ms Sudha Pillai, Member Secretary, planning Commission, Yojona Bhavan, New Delhi, Shri U. K. Sangma, Secretary, NEC, Nongrim Hills, Shillong, Dr. R. R. Navalgund, Director, Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad, Prof. J. N. Goswami, Director, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and Dr. V. Jayaraman, Director, National Remete Sensing Centre, Hyderabad and representatives of Chief Secretaries of all eight states of NER were attended and shared their views / suggestions for improvements.
 



 

Meeting on Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk project (HRVA) held on 28th February, 2011 with Tripura State Disaster Management Authority at Agartala, Tripura

A one day meeting was organized by Tripura State Disaster Management Authority on 28th February, 2011 at 12.00 noon to have a detailed discussion on the HRVA project to be entrusted to North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) by them. The meeting was held under the Chairmanship of Shri Swapan Saha, IAS, Secretary, Revenue Department, Govt. of Tripura. The participants were welcomed by Shri Sarat Kumar Das, State Project Officer, UNDP, Tripura and set the background for the meeting. Dr. S. Sudhakar, Director, NESAC informed that the need of the hour is to think about a total solution for all the hazards instead of giving thrust to only one area. The meeting concluded with words of appreciation from Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and Under Secretary, Revenue Department, Govt. of Tripura highlighting the NESAC’s effort on Disaster Management Support System for NER.



 

Visit by Member, National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST)
Mr Oris Syiem Myriaw, Member, National Commission for Schedule Tribes (NCST) visited NESAC on 14th March, 2011 and interacted with all the Scientists of NESAC. Director NESAC presented briefly the activities and services provided to North Eastern Region during the past decade (2000 -2011). He was highly impressed with the type of projects being carried out especially District Resource Plans for dissemination of information to administrators for proper planning and decision making to benefit grass root level peoples and also laboratory facilities.


 



Review of the progress of the work under FLEWS by Chief Secretary, Govt. of Assam on 18-3-2011

Sri N. K. Das, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Assam welcomed all the participants attended for FLEWS review meeting on 18th March, 2011 and requested to extend FLEWS to all districts of Assam. Director, NESAC presented the status and improvements envisaged during the current flood season with a request to extend the cooperation of IMD, CWC to share their data for improving the model work under FLEWS.
Further, Director, NESAC indicated that FLEWS will be extended to Barak Valley on an experimental basis for the current floods. He also proposed to conduct brainstorming workshop during last week of April, 201, inviting all the expert centres/institutions (NRSC, CWC, NEEPCO, Bramhaputra Board, IITs, NIT, NEIST, Universities of NER) to discuss on modeling aspects of flood forecasting and simulation studies. Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam further emphasized the need to have a Disaster Support Cell at NESAC to cater the needs of eight states of NE Region in regards to all disasters. Finally he requested to submit a proposal to meet the required cost for smooth running of FLEWS including manpower cost for extending the project objectives to cover entire Assam in near future.

 


Preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Assam, Guwahati

The orientation and appraisal meeting on preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Assam was held on 18th March, 2011 in the office of the Chief Conservator of Forests, Guwahati, Govt. of Assam. Director, NESAC made a brief presentation on methodology and plans for preparation of forest working plan inputs for Assam. Senior officials from forests department of Assam, and Scientists from Assam Remote Sensing Application Centre, Guwahati participated in the discussions. It was decided to start the project in the state jointly by NESAC, RSAC and Assam Forest Department.

 


Preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Meghalaya, Shillong

An appraisal meeting on preparation of Forest Working Plan inputs for Meghalaya was held on 21st March, 2011 in the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Shillong, Govt. of Meghalaya. Director, NESAC made a brief presentation on methodology and plans for preparation of forest working plan inputs for Meghalaya. Senior officials from forests department of Meghalaya participated in the discussions. It was decided to start the project in the state jointly by NESAC and Working plan circles of Forest Department of Meghalaya

 


Preparation of North Eastern District Resources Plan (NEDRP) for East Khasi Hill District, Meghalaya

The pilot work of NEDRP web geo-information system with added spatial decision support system was completed for East Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. The database for various thematic layers for the district were prepared, structured and finally integrated to NEDRP system. NEDRP was developed using various open source softwares and follows OGC standards for web services. Results of the pilot study were demonstrated to the Deputy Commissioner, East Khasi Hills district on 28th March, 2011 in presence of senior officials from the line departments.

Prototype of NEDRP prepared for East Khasi Hills district was appreciated by the district authority and mentioned that this type of information portal is very much essential for providing inputs to various kinds of developmental planning at district level. It is proposed to install the database in DC office by end of April, 2011.