On 30 November 2021, AFSIS Secretariat had attended the 27th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-27) which was co-organized by Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) with Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
Prior to the plenary sessions which will be held on 2 and 3 December, there are the 5 working group sessions holding in parallel on 30 November and 1 December. The working group session including 1) Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) 2) Enhancement of Space Capability Working Group (SCWG) 3) Space Frontier Working Group (SFWG) 4) Kibo-ABC Workshop 5) Space Education for All Working Group (SE4AWG).
During Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG), Dr. Waraporn Saelee, AFSIS Manager, had delivered the presentation regarding AFSIS Rice Growing Outlook (RGO) activities and collaboration related to remote sensing technologies with RESTEC, JAXA, and ISRO. The Meeting acknowledged the agreement to have the hands-on training for rice mapping using (cloud-based) platform in collaboration with AFSIS and ISRO in the future. Also, Dr. Waraporn had stated to the Working Group of the importance and possibility to use the satellite data as it can be applied together with the survey data by the ASEAN Member States to create more accurate and precise data for the AFSIS Early Warning Information Report in the future.
The objectives of this SAWG session is to contribute to common regional issues in the Asia-Pacific Region using space technology, in particular, Earth Observation Satellites and to establish and strengthen the cooperative framework between space agencies and stakeholders, including end-users such as AFSIS and development aid agencies, in a sustainable way.
On 19-20 September 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat attended the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) which was a working group session of APRSAF-29 that was jointly organized by the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The APRSAF-29 was held in Jakarta, Indonesia this year.
According to the ASEAN Disaster Monitoring and Response System (DMRS), the southwest monsoon brings heavy rainfall over Lao PDR causing flooding and landslide incidents since 4 August 2023. Regarding the water level across Lao PDR, a warning has been issued since 1 August regarding water levels across Lao PDR.
On 31 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat with the collaboration of the Regional Office of Agricultural Economics 7 at Nongmuang District in Lopburi province and Nakhon Sawan Field Crops Research Center attended the maize field trip in Nakhon Sawan provinces, Thailand.
On 29-30 August 2023, the AFSIS Secretariat with support from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) of Japan held the Regional Workshop on the Strengthening ASEAN Food Security Information System (AFSIS) Function for Emergency (SAFER) at Novotel Sukhumvit 20 hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.