Coseismic displacement field from InSAR and GPS data. Image: Remote Sens. 2018, 10(6), 899;

Spanish and Ecuadorian researchers have developed a new methodology to estimate faults and volcanoes that can be activated in a region after an earthquake. The approach consist in evaluating changes of static stress on the surrounding faults and volcanoes and producing maps of potentially activated faults and volcanoes.

The main goal of the study is to achieve an effective transfer of knowledge and scientific techniques to non-expert users who are responsible for the management of disasters and risks.

The study was led by researchers from the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Topography, Geodesy and... read more

Publishing Date: 05/11/2018
Drought in Bolivia turned pampa  into cracking ground

The 4th Session of the Americas Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction is held this week from May 27 to 29 in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The aim is to review progress on reducing exposure to disaster risk in the Americas. 

The conclusions of this session will contribute to build the new global agreement on disaster risk reduction which will replace the existing Hyogo Framework for Action and will be adopted in March 2015 during the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan.  

Since the region actually faces various challenges, including economic development and population growth, reducing economic losses from disasters is one the main objectives of the region.

Margareta Wahlström, Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction believes that “the contribution of Latin America and the Caribbean to the post-2015... read more

Publishing Date: 27/05/2014
Ecuador: Pegaso Satellite

On 16 May, 2013, the first Ecuadorian Earth Observation satellite, Pegaso, transmitted its first live video signals with images of Earth. The images were broadcast from the Headquarters of the Integrated Security Service in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Pegaso is a nanosatellite weighing 1.2 kilograms, 75 cm long and 10 cm high. Pegasus orbits at an altitude of 650 kilometers above the Earth, with an inclination of 98.05 degrees and a beta angle of 22.05 degrees. It... read more

Publishing Date: 21/05/2013

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated for a floods and landslides in India and fires in Ecuador.

The Charter for India was acticated by the Indian Disaster Management Support Programme (DMS) on Sunday, 16 September 2012. On Friday, 14 September 2012, a series of cloudbursts had struck the Himalayan state of Uttarkhand, triggering flash floods and landslides. At least 45 people have been killed and 35 others are missing whilst several more are injured. The worst affected areas include several villages: Chunni, Mangoli, Kimana, Sansari, Giriya, Brahmankholi, Premnagar and Juatok. Heavy rains are known to be deadly in this area and will continue until September.

The Charter for Ecuador was activated by Sistema Federal de Emergencies (SIFEM) on behalf of Secretaria Nacional de Gestion de Riesgos (ECUADOR) on Saturday, 15... read more

Publishing Date: 18/09/2012

UN-SPIDER successfully conducted its Technical Advisory Mission to Ecuador between 29 Sept and 08 October of this year. The mission was conducted with the support of experts from INPE of Brazil, and CONAE of Argentina, and with two staff members from UN-SPIDER. The mission was coordinated at the national level with the National Secretariat for Risk Management, the Pro-Tempore Secretariat of the V Space Conference of the Americas, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador. The Mission benefited from the regional workshop conducted by UN-SPIDER a week earlier, as during the workshop many Ecuadorian agencies made presentations displaying how they were using space-based information for a variety of purposes targeting all phases of the... read more

Publishing Date: 20/10/2009

UN-SPIDER conducted its regional workshop “Aplicaciones Espaciales en la Gestión para la Reducción del Riesgo y para la Respuesta en caso de Desastres” in Quito, Ecuador, between 29 September and 2 October of this year with the presence of more than 60 participants from 17 countries. The event benefitted considerably from the support provided by different agencies of the Governments of Spain and Ecuador.

The workshop was inaugurated by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Integration; the Ambassador of Spain; the Lady Director of the National Secretariat for Risk Management; the Commander of the Air Force of Ecuador, and the representative from UN-SPIDER. The purpose of the workshop was to gather inputs to draft a plan of action for this region of the world, and to establish a regional thematic partnership on the use of space-based information to support the full... read more

Publishing Date: 20/10/2009

Advisory Support

Ecuador is exposed to a variety of geologic and hydro-meteorological hazards, including many active volcanoes. In addition, it is exposed to climatic events such as El Niño and La Niña. At the request of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Commerce and Integration (MRECI), UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to Ecuador. The mission aimed to identify strengths and weaknesses regarding the access to and subsequent use of space-based information in activities carried out in all phases of the disaster cycle.

Mission dates: 03/10/2009 to 08/10/2009

Ecuador está expuesto a una variedad de amenzas geológicas e hidro-metereológicas. Además, el país también está expuesto a fenómenos climáticos como El Niño y La Niña. A petición del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores,Comercio e Integración (MRECI),ONU-SPIDER realizó una Misión de Asesoría Técnica en Ecuador. La Misión trató de identificar las fortalezas y debilidades en lo referente al acceso y uso de información obtenida desde el espacio en las actividades que se realizan durante todas las fases del ciclo de los desastres.

Mission dates: 03/10/2009 to 08/10/2009


The Ecuadoran Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration directs the implementation of the international policy of the State, orientates and coordinates the work of the diplomatic missions and consular offices, and exercises legal and political representation to national and international authorities.


The INOCAR is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating and monitoring the technical and administrative activities related to the Service of Hydrographic, Navigation, Oceanography, Meteorology, Marine Sciences, Marine Signalling and the management of the material used for these activities.


The Ecuadorian Secretariat for Risk Management is the Governmental institution that is concerned with risk reduction and emergency and disaster management. Its mission is to ensure the protection of people and communities from the adverse effects of natural or man-made disasters, through the generation of policies, strategies and standards that promote the identification, analysis,... read more

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is committed to sustainable development. Since Ecuador is a country under constant change with economic recession and natural disasters affecting the country, UNDP’s efforts are manifold. In the United Nation’s inter-agency work for crisis response (including UNDP) five axes of action were defined to support the Government of Ecuador: food and nutrition, health programs, education programs, emerging employment plan and measures to support governance.

More information: UNDP Ecuador

The main mission of the Ecuadoran Secretariat for Planning and Development is to manage and to coordinate the National Decentralized System of Participatory Planning for the sectoral and territorial development of the country by establishing goals and strategic policies and supporting processes of information, research, training, monitoring and evaluation. It is an institution that promotes public investment and the democratization of the State through active citizen participation contributing to transparent and efficient governance.


Ecuador has been described by analysts as one of the most unequal societies in the world. To ensure that most people get at least the basic resources for survival is a huge challenge. UNICEF has a long and recognized experience in supporting the provision of basic social services of health, nutrition, education, child development and protection, in attending children when they are in emergencies, and in promoting the rights of children.


The Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador is the national health authority; therefore it exercises the steering, regulation, planning, management, coordination and control of the Ecuadoran public health. It does so through the health monitoring, integral attention to people, promotion and prevention as well as research and development of science and technology, in order to guarantee the right of the Ecuadoran people to health.


The Ministry of Education’s mission is to ensure both access to and quality of Early Childhood, Elementary and High School Education in Ecuador. It does so through the integral, holistic and inclusive education of children, youth and adults, taking into account the possible multiculturalism, multinationality, ancestral languages and gender. It promotes a perspective that strengthens social, economic and cultural development, and the unity of citizenship in the diversity of Ecuadoran society.


The National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology is an entity with administrative and technical autonomy, with national jurisdiction throughout Ecuador and with international representation. It maintains the representation of Ecuador in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and its activities are aimed at: improving the quality and coverage of the information from the hydrometeorological stations; keeping the meteorological database updated; facilitating the access of technical information for users; enabling and enhancing the alerts of hydrometeorological adverse phenomena to ensure that they reach the public; strengthening and improving the services provided about weather, climate and ... read more

The National Military Geographic Institute of Ecuador is a Technical Institution within the Ecuadoran military. It was created to develop the national mapping and the geographic and cartographic files of the country. It also develops services in the scientific field of astronomy and earth sciences to support military operations and defend the national sovereignty and development.


The mission of the CLIRSEN is to generate, integrate and standardize thematic geoinformation and to provide technical services, applied to build the inventory of natural resources and environment. CLIRSEN furthermore contributes to the security and territorial planning through Teledetection and Geographic Information Systems.


The Ecuadoran Civilian Space Agency was founded on November 1st, 2007 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, as an independent civilian body to administrate and implement the Ecuadorian Civilian Space Program. EXA develops scientific research in the fields of planetary and especial sciences and promotes the development of science in the Ecuadoran education.


SEGENA was transformed into the Ecuadoran Institute for geological, mining and metallurgical research (INIGEMM) on the 29th of January, 2009. INIGEM’s main mission is to generate, organize and manage scientific and technological information on geological, mining and metallurgical issues at the national level, to assist in a territorial planning oriented towards a sustainable development of the mining resources and a preventive management of geological hazards.



Floods caused by heavy rains have affected the Province de Los Rios, causing the evacuation of dozens and destroying several houses.

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Hundreds of families were affected in Esmeraldas, Guayas y El Oro provinces due to floods caused by heavy rains. Government is helping with evacuation and delivery of aid.

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Hundreds have been evacuated after Volcano Tungurahua started spewing ash columns.

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Violent winds in Sucumbíos have affected 92 families, damaging their homes. Materials and food are being distributed.

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