It is a proud moment for ISRO. The UN report ‘Geospatial Practices for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific 2020’ has cited efforts made by the organization in assisting the Indian government towards containing the Covid-19 pandemic.
The report specifically cites the role of ‘Bhuvan’, the national geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO, in aiding the country to fight the pandemic and supporting sustainable development projects.
The report goes on to mention that ‘Bhuvan’ played an important role in tracking, identifying hotspots, vegetable markets, food needed, home isolation and pollution. ISRO fulfilled India’s need of a COVID-19 dashboard by customizing the portal and developing ‘Bhuvan Covid-19’. This platform enabled the country to track the pandemic and keep the public updated on the current situation.
By citing ISRO’s efforts, the report reinforced the fact that Asian and Pacific nations are increasingly leveraging space technology and geospatial information to respond to challenges, build resilience and recover faster.