Mrs. H.M. Badra Herath, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has represented the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka at the 21st Asia Pacific Space Agency Forum – APRSAFE-21 organized by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) , Japan, held on 1-3rd of December, 2014 and presented a research proposal in the workshop on “Space Application for Environment” held along with APRSAFE-21. The topic of the research was on “Land Use Changes of “Trees Outside Forests” Sources in Upper Mahaweli Catchment in Sri Lanka: Using Agent Based Modeling”. The main objective of the workshop is to promote application of space technology in remote sensing, research on issues of satellite image receiving and processing for the management of natural resources, the environment, and issues related to global climate change.
The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) was established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Space agencies, governmental bodies, and international organizations, such as the United Nations, as well as companies, universities and research institutes from over 30 regional participants took part in APRSAF, the largest space-related conference in the Asia-Pacific region. With increasing attendance of high ranking officials, furthermore, APRSAF offers opportunities to discuss international cooperation for space activities in concrete terms.
APRSAF currently organizes four working groups: Earth Observation (EO), Communication Satellite Applications (CSA), Space Education and Awareness (SEA), and Space Environment Utilization (SEU), to share information about the activities and the future plans of each country and region in the respective areas.