EU supports development of first Geo-Information System (GIS) to assess damage in Ukraine 
October 28, 2022

EU supports development of first Geo-Information System (GIS) to assess damage in Ukraine 

The EU Anti-Corruption Initiative in Ukraine has taken part in the development of the first Geo-Information System (GIS) in Ukraine, recently presented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ukrainian Ministry of Communities and Territories (Miregion).

The system was created to accurately assess the scale and detail of the damage being caused to Ukraine’s social and economic infrastructure by the Russian war of aggression since 24 February.

UNDP GIS Expert Sadig El Amin said damage assessments would be organised in a phased approach to cover all war-affected regions in Ukraine, and “to ensure that no one is left behind”.

Phase one will cover Kyiv, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Zhytomyr oblasts. Phase two will assess the damage in Kherson, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk oblasts (based on access). Additionally, during phase one, cities such as Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Okhtyrka, Kramatorsk, Kherson, Kremenchuk, Sievierodonetsk, Lysychansk, Melitopol, Avdiivka and Bakhmut will be assessed.

According to the Rapid Damage and Needs Assessment report (RDNA), the full cost of reconstruction and rehabilitation needs, as of 1 June 2022,  is estimated at more than US$349 billion, exceeding Ukraine’s 2021 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by more than 160 percent.

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