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Pages 149-156

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From page 149...
... Yet various acute, but in many cases resolvable, limitations in geospatial data, methods, and tools for improvements of subnational demographic data often preclude their use under normal conditions for planning, let alone during periods of crises. Recognition of these needs and limitations leads us to reinforce at least two principal findings of other National Research Council (NRC)
From page 150...
... The first three recommendations address the improvement of the institutional capacity for a baseline census. The need for subnational population data that are current and provided in real time is the key to effective planning and responses to disaster or humanitarian crises.
From page 151...
... 3. National and international disaster response and humanitarian agencies and organizations should elevate the importance of demographic and specifically spatial demographic training for staff members.
From page 152...
... One of the most persistent limitations to the effective use of subnational population data is the low level of access to sensitive data and of data sharing among agencies and organizations. As noted above, this impediment is also true within countries such as the United States (see NRC, 2007)
From page 153...
... Given the increasing international character of disaster response, the decision-making communities would benefit not only from access to the required data but from maintenance of appropriate safeguards regarding data confidentiality. One such mechanism is a centralized repository for subnational population data worldwide.
From page 154...
... Therefore, the committee recommends the following: 7. Relief agencies should broaden their collaborative relationships with NSOs to ensure the acquisition of real- and near-real-time data that complement and are compatible with existing data used for disaster response.
From page 155...
... REFERENCES NRC (National Research Council)


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