Date: 15 Jan 2010

GMES Services for Conflict Prevention and Mitigation: Supporting the DG RELEX in Mission Planning

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Following a request from the DG RELEX in April 2008 for support in the planning of the EU mission to Darfur, the GMES-LIMES project partners in the Humanitarian Relief & Reconstruction cluster combined their expertise to contribute their support through the provision of satellite imagery based maps and information. Detailed damage assessment maps were produced for three villages that had been burnt down by militias early in 2008. Analyses were also carried out on the evolution of two large IDP camps, focussing on the population growth and densities within both the camps and the surrounding villages. In addition, rapid mapping techniques adapted to the complex humanitarian situation were applied in analysing the effects of militia raids on the three villages in West Darfur and for monitoring the evolution of the IDP camps between 2002 and 2008. The impact of the camps on the surrounding environment was also analysed using medium-resolution MODIS time series data (2000—2008).