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El Salvador is exposed to hydro-meteorological and geophysical hazards and has a history of destructive earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical storms, and droughts. In order to increase the capacity of the inter-institutional technical team headed by the Directorate of Civil Protection of El Salvador (DGPC) on the use remote sensing techniques to generate geospatial information to address these hazards, UN-SPIDER and DGCP conducted a week-long training course.

The training was held from 24 to 28 July 2017 at the GIS Laboratory of the Faculty of Agriculture of University of El Salvador, San Salvador. Experts from the Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC, in its role as one of the UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices) and of the Federal University of Santa Maria in Santa Maria, Rio Sul... read more

Publishing Date: 28/07/2017
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UN-SPIDER concludes Expert Mission to El Salvador

UN-SPIDER conducted an expert mission to El Salvador from 12 to 15 July 2016.  The mission included an official visit by Ms. Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, to El Salvador.   This official visit was arranged by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a follow-up to the recent incorporation of El Salvador as a member of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.  

The opportunity was used by UN-SPIDER to meet with staff from the Civil Protection Directorate and of the Environmental Observatory to discuss the on-going process to establish an inter-institutional team in El Salvador that could be involved in the generation of geospatial information combining satellite imagery and in-situ... read more

Publishing Date: 19/07/2016
Representatives of Ministries and UN-SPIDER during the Expert Mission to El Salvador

On 9 and 10 July 2015, UN-SPIDER conducted an Expert Mission to El Salvador under the coordination of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador as a follow-up to the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) which was conducted in April 2014. The Expert Mission included several meetings with representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources, Public Works, Public Health, and Interior. The mission was used to discuss the recommendations proposed by UN-SPIDER during its TAM in 2014; including the establishment of a national geospatial information system and an inter-institutional team of professionals which would focus its efforts in the generation of space-based information in... read more

Publishing Date: 10/07/2015

El Salvador, like the other five Central American countries, is exposed to a variety of natural hazards. At the request of the General Directorate of Civil Protection of El Salvador, UN-SPIDER carried out a Technical Advisory Mission to El Salvador with the support of experts from IGAC, CATHALAC, INPE, CRECTEALC and the University of Buenos Aires.

The mission was carried out in San Salvador, El Salvador, between 2 and 4 April 2014 and included meetings with the Director of Civil Protection and staff of this Directorate, official visits to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment and Natural Resources,... read more

Publishing Date: 08/04/2014
Participants of the Expert Meeting on Early Warning Systems in El Salvador

On 31 March and 1 April 2014, UN-SPIDER, the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention (CEPREDENAC) and Secure World Foundation joined forces to conduct an expert meeting focusing on the use of space-based information in national early warning systems, with a particular focus on droughts.

The meeting, which took place in San Salvador, El Salvador, brought together more... read more

Publishing Date: 01/04/2014
Ash from Chaparrastique volcano eruption carried downwind on 29 December 2013

On Sunday morning, 29 December 2013, Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador (San Miguel) erupted forcing thousands of people to leave their homes. Everyone within a 3km (2 mile) radius had to be evacuated, as BBC reported. The ashes were blown more than 71 kilometers (44 miles) downwind, as this natural color satellite image captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows.

Volcanologist Francisco Barahona, as elsavador.com quoted, suggested... read more

Publishing Date: 31/12/2013

El Atlas integra información desarrollada en el contexto ambiental, socio cultural, económico y físico, compilado en seis capítulos: 1. Medio Físico, 2. Aspectos Económicos y Socio – Culturales, 3. Recursos Naturales, 4. Amenazas Desastres, 5. Cambio Climático y 6. Gestión Territorial. Las categorías del Mapa se definen como: 1. Áreas Urbanas, 2. Cultivos Permanentes, 3. Cultivos Anuales, 4. Pastos, 5. Áreas Agrícolas Heterogéneas, 6. Bosque Latifoliada, 7. Bosque Conífera, 8. Bosque Mixto, 9. Bosque de Mangle, 10. Arbustos, 11. Sabanas, 12. Paramos, 13 Áreas de Escasa Vegetación, 14. Humedales Interiores, 15. Humedales Costeros y 16. Cuerpos de Agua. Antecedentes /Primer Taller de Consulta. Se realizó la coordinación y definición de parámetros metodológicos para el mapa regional.
 

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Publishing Date: 26/11/2010

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Remote sensing techniques and UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices on droughts and floods

UN-SPIDER and DGPC joined forces to conduct a one-week long training course focusing on general remote sensing techniques and on two UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices on droughts and floods. The training course was conducted from 24 to 28 July 2017 in San Salvador, El Salvador with the participation of...

Date of training: 24/07/2017 to 28/07/2017

Advisory Support

Mission dates: 11/07/2016 to 13/07/2016

The mission allowed UN-SPIDER to re-visit El Salvador after the technical advisory mission (TAM) conducted in 2014 and to follow-up on on-going efforts. 

Mission dates: 09/07/2015 to 10/07/2015

Recognizing the fact that El Salvador is a country exposed to a variety of natural hazards, the UN-SPIDER Programme conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to this country with the aim of promoting the use of satellite technologies in the context of disaster risks and emergencies in April 2014. The mission was carried out upon request of Secretariat for Issues of the Presidency of the Republic of the El Salvador.

Mission dates: 02/04/2014 to 04/04/2014

Reconociendo el hecho de que El Salvador es un país que está expuesto a diversas amenazas naturales, el programa ONU-SPIDER realizó en Abril del 2014 una Misión de Asesoría Técnica a este país con el fin de promover el uso de tecnologías satelitales en el contexto de la gestión del riesgo de desastres y la respuesta y la recuperación en caso de emergencias o desastres. La misión se realizó en respuesta a la solicitud planteada por la Secretaría para Asuntos de Vulnerabilidad de la Presidencia de la República de El Salvador.

Mission dates: 02/04/2014 to 04/04/2014

Event

At the request of the General Directorate for Civil Protection of El Salvador (DGPC), UN-SPIDER conducted a technical advisory mission to El Salvador from 3 to 5 April 2014. Taking note of strengths and some limitations regarding the generation and use of geospatial information, UN-SPIDER elevated a recommendation to the DGPC regarding the implementation of a technical, inter-institutional team that would focus its efforts on the generation of geospatial information extracted from space and in situ data as a way to contribute to disaster risk reduction,... read more

Reconociendo el papel que tienen las aplicaciones satelitales en los sistemas de alerta temprana, el programa ONU-SPIDER de la Oficina para Asuntos del Espacio Ultraterrestre de las Naciones Unidas, CEPREDENAC y la Fundación Secure World de los Estados Unidos llevaron a cabo la Reunión Centroamericana de Expertos sobre el uso de información satelital en la gestión integral de riesgos y la alerta temprana en San Salvador, El Salvador, los días 31 de marzo y 1o de abril del 2014.  Dicha reunión congregó a 30 expertos de México, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panamá, República Dominicana, Colombia, Brasil y Argentina; así como de diversas organizaciones del sistema de Naciones Unidas y de América Central. 

La reunión facilitó el intercambio de experiencias y de las aplicaciones más novedosas sobre el uso de técnicas de observación de la Tierra usando satélites en estos sistemas de alerta temprana.  De igual manera, la reunión... read more

Guide

The University of El Salvador was founded on Feb. 16, 1841. Approximately 20,000 undergraduate student are enrolled and more than 8,000 graduate students.

It is composed of various Faculties and Schools including the Faculty of History, Geography & Tourism and the Faculty of Science and Technology.

More information: University of El Salvador

The United Nations Program for Development is the agency of the UN system, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP operates in 177 countries and territories, working with governments and people to help them find their own solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP has worked in El Salvador since 1975 and established cooperation programmes in line with national priorities. The Government of El Salvador and UNDP are jointly responsible for the UNDP Country Programme, to ensure the achievement of the expected results and the efficient use of resources.

More information: UNDP El Salvador

The State of El Salvador has established in 2011 the Secretariat for Issues of the Presidency of El Salvador (SAV) with the mandate to implement actions necessary to prevent and eradicate vulnerability that the country faces with regards to natural and human-caused phenomena.

SAV's mission is to manage and coordinate with the institutions of the National System for Civil Protection, Disaster Prevention... read more

The functions of El Salvador's General Directorate for Civil Protection (Dirección General de Protección Civil, Prevención y Mitigación de Desastres - DGPC) are as follows:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador's mission is to exercise diplomatic relations open to the world, promote development and cooperation; consular relations and promote the protection of the rights of Salvadorans abroad.

Its main activities include regional integration, development cooperation, economic relations and institutional strengthening.

More information: Ministry of Foreign Affairs

El Salvador's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) has the mandate to be the head of the national environmental management in El Salvador: It is a respected institution that vigorously promotes civic culture of environmental risk reduction and works for the environmental recovery nationwide. One of main missions of the Ministry is to reduce risks and reverse environmental degradation.

More information: MARN

The Ministry of Public Works, Transport, Housing and Urban Development (Ministerio de Obras Públicas, Transporte, Vivienda y Desarrollo Urbano - MOP) is responsible for all public roads in El Salvador. The Ministry encourages good land management to promote better structured development. The Land Information System built is among the most important projects that MOP has implemented. It has also developed the National Plan for Land Use and Development (PNODT), which has enabled a first generation of technical tools for land planning and management.

More information: MOP

The Government of El Salvador has established the Ministry of Public Health (Ministerio de Salud Pública - MINSAL) with the goal of ensuring public health of the citizens of the country and to enable various activities that fall within the responsibility of the State in the context of public health and social care.

The responsibilities of the Ministry are the following: planning, directing, coordinating and implementing the Government's policy on public health and social care and monitoring the activities of the policy, promulgating rules and techniques in health and ordering measures and arrangements necessary to safeguard the health of the population.

More information: Ministry of Public Health

Disaster

National Focal Point

Observatorio Ambiental del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (formally: Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales SNET)

 

Contact Person
Sra. Celina Kattan
Environmental Observatory
Tel: (503) 2132 9671
Email: ckattan [at] marn.gob.sv

Sr. Giovanni Molina
Environmental Observatory
Tel: (503) 2132 9533
Email: gmolina [at] marn.gob.sv

Observatorio Ambiental del Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (antiguamente: Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales SNET)

Personas de Contacto

Sra. Celina Kattan
Dirección General del Observatorio Ambiental
Tel: (503) 2132 9671
Email: ckattan [at] marn.gob.sv

Sr. Giovanni Molina
Dirección General del Observatorio Ambiental
Tel: (503) 2132 9533
Email: gmolina [at] marn.gob.sv

 

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