Press Release

Signing of Partnership Agreement between JAXA and JICA

April 23, 2014 (JST)

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

Today, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) signed a partnership agreement. The objective of the agreement is to promote collaboration between two institutions to contribute to solving various development challenges that developing countries are facing. The two institutions will also work on global issues using aerospace technology by further strengthening ties and exhibiting combined abilities to utilizing respective unique features and human resources.
JICA and JAXA have been establishing a cooperative relationship through the utilization of satellite data for protecting forests and preventing illegal deforestation in the Amazon, as well as topographic mapping with satellite data in South East Asia and Africa, and collaboration with the Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.
Based on the agreement signed today, JICA and JAXA will be able not only to apply JAXA's aerospace technology and research results to socioeconomic developments in developing countries, but also to expand the collaborative areas further to activities of Japan Disaster Relief team and to the agricultural sector.
JAXA will also be able to utilize experience with JICA for new space technology development. Thus, JICA and JAXA will further contribute to tackling global challenges with each institution's expertise.

The following are the major contents of the agreement.

  1. Application of JAXA's aerospace technology and related equipment to JICA's activities for solving development challenges in developing countries and global issues.
  2. Cooperation in developing countries for holding seminars, symposiums or events aimed at promoting aerospace technology, for developing human resources, and for organizing lectures at international conferences.
  3. Cooperation in facilitating wide use of space-related systems such as satellite data ground network systems in developing countries.
  4. Exchanges of information and views for identifying possible collaboration.


Major achievements of JICA-JAXA collaboration

1. Disaster management

  • Capacity Building for Effective Utilization of Satellite Information for ASEAN Disaster Management
    (April 2013 to September 2016, ASEAN Region)
    * Training for disaster-management agencies on how to acquire satellite information, how to use satellite information at the time of disasters, and how to analyze overflows or floods.
  • Comprehensive Flood Management Plan for Chao Phraya River Basin
    (December 2011 to June 2013, Thailand)
    * Production of high-resolution multi-spectrum images of the target region using satellite data from (ALOS/PRISM, AVNIR-2)

2. Forestry and natural environment

  • Utilization of ALOS images to support protection of the Brazilian Amazon forest and combat against illegal deforestation
    (June 2009 to June 2012, Brazil)
    * Strengthening capacity to detect illegal deforestation through satellite data analsysis.
  • Developing a glacier inventory in the Argentinean Andes using high resolution satellite images
    (March 2012 to March 2014, Argentina)
    * Developing s method of identification, mapping and evaluating special features of glacier and periglacial areas using the earth observing satellite (ALOS.)
  • Wildfire and carbon management in peat-forest
    (January 2010 to March 2014, Indonesia)
    * Research on the carbon volume measurement and carbon control method in peat forest using data from various satellites (GOSAT, MODIS, SPOT, ASTER, PALSAR, etc.)
  • Cooperation with JICA REDD+ project through the ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative
    (April 2014 to March 2016, Columbia)
    * Providing JAXA's analysis data and software to a pertinent agency in Columbia to the REDD+ project, supported by JICA, through the ALOS Kyoto & Carbon Initiative of JAXA in order to monitor deforestation

3. Topographic mapping

  • Topography mapping project for peace and development in Mindanao
    (March 2010 to February 2013, the Philippines)
    * Compiling the national basic land use map using satellite data, and human resource development through technological transfer of the topographical mapping technology.
    * A similar topographic mapping project is underway in Moldova, Senegal, Togo, and Burkina Faso.
  • Training Seminar on the Application of Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS)
    (January to February 2012 and July to August 2012, Kenya)
    * Dispatching JAXA specialists and lecturers to the training program for topographical mapping using satellite (ALOS) data in Kenya, and developing human resources through technological transfers of topographical mapping.

4. Water resource management

  • Review and Update of Nigeria National Water Resources Master Plan
    (July 2011 to January 2013, Nigeria)
    * "Global-scale precipitation data" called GSMaP (Global Satellite Mapping of Precipitation) was provided for studying floods.