Satellite imagery provides clearer picture of Timbuktu reconstruction

The El Farouk monument in Timbuktu, Mali, destroyed by the extremists. Photo: MINUSMA/Sophie Ravier (file photo)

Space technology is contributing to the reconstruction of one of the world's most iconic heritage sites: Timbuktu in northern Mali.

That's according to an Information Management specialist with the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Bertrand Frot.

He said UNDP is helping to rebuild the centuries-old city, which was destroyed by conflict over the past few years; the agency is using satellite imagery to monitor the reconstruction and its impact on people living there.

Mr Frot is in Dubai this week for the first High Level Forum on space as a driver for socio-economic sustainable development organized by the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Arab Emirates.

He told Dianne Penn why one satellite map beats a multipage report.

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