The Risk and Recovery EMS Service in short : (more info)

This service consists of the on-demand provision of geospatial information. This information supports emergency management activities not related to the immediate response phase. This service addresses prevention, preparedness, disaster risk reduction or recovery phases (product delivery in weeks/months). Given the wide variability of situations to be addressed, the user may request products in two ways:

  1. Choosing from a pre-defined set of detailed topographic features (in particular regarding infrastructures) and disaster risk information (hazard, exposure, risk). This allows having a standard base structure
  2. Describing in free text the information needs specific to the given situation and type of product wanted. This allows including a wide range of optional information layers, depending on the user’s needs.

Three broad product categories are available:

  • Reference maps provide a comprehensive and updated knowledge of the territory and relevant assets in a disaster risk reduction context.
  • Pre-disaster situation maps provide relevant and up-to-date thematic information that can help planning for contingencies on areas vulnerable to hazards, aiming to minimise loss of life and damage.
  • Post-disaster situation maps provide relevant and up-to-date thematic information for the needs of reconstruction planning and progress monitoring, mapping long-term impact, etc. These maps may need to be updated frequently.

The Recovery Observatory has currently benefited from two activations of the Risk and Recovery service of the European project Copernicus.

The first activation was focused on buildings around Jérémie and Les Cayes :

The second activation was focused on the environment in different areas of the RO area :

The third activation followed the previous two, using the same methodology to monitor the environment :


Article about the EMSN050 & EMSN051 Activation : Post Matthew Damage Assessment and Monitoring of Recovery Activities and rural areas in the South Region of Haiti :

Report from the copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) - Risk & Recovery Mapping (RRM) :

Financing : European Commission

Activation request : European Delegation of haiti on behalf of the National Center for Cartographic Information (CNIGS)


The three pages corresponding to the activations :

(2020) - EMSN065 : Monitoring rural areas

(2018) - EMSN051 : Rural areas

(2018) - EMSN050 : Buildings


Imagery (Provider) : Orthophoto (CNIGS), Pléiades (RO/CNES) , WorldView-3 (EC)


Community News

EMSN065 : Monitoring of recovery activities

09/24/2020 - 09:02

New information is available on the Post page

EMSN050 : Buildings (2018)

11/28/2019 - 11:33

New information is available on the Post page

EMSN051 : Rural areas

11/28/2019 - 11:10

New information is available on the Post page