Stirling firm in frontline
thinkWhere aids disaster planning in Cambodia
Cambodia: disaster prone (pic: contributed)
ThinkWhere, the Stirling technology company, is using the latest web-based mapping technology to help with disaster management for the government in Cambodia.
It will help alert the authorities to damaging weather and its impact on infrastructure and food supplies.
The system has been developed on behalf of a partnership between the United Nations World Food Programme and People in Need.
Cambodia experienced brutal conflict and civil unrest between 1975 and 1991 leaving up to 3 million people dead and a slump in economic development.
Despite strong economic growth in the decades since, Cambodia remains one of the poorest countries in the region, with approximately 30% of its population living below the national poverty line.
The Southeast Asian country has also been ranked as the 9th most disaster prone country in the world, facing recurrent floods, droughts and tropical storms.
James Happell, global innovations manager for People in Need, said: “There are a lot of tools, platforms, maps and monitoring devices, which have been developed over the years in Cambodia for weather monitoring and collation of data on disaster response.
“We worked closely with thinkWhere from design, through to planning and deployment, and we were more than impressed with the communication, flexibility and dedication throughout the project.”