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SINI launch ceremony.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) of the Dominican Republic has launched a National Integrated Information System (SINI) to support decision-making in disaster risk reduction and emergency response. SINI - an inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary geospatial information portal - was developed with the support of the Ministry of the Presidency of the Dominican Republic. The need for such a system was first recognized in Decree Law 147-02, which the Congress of the Dominican Republic adopted in 2002.

SINI has been structured to compile data from a variety of ministries, government agencies and other sources, as well as using unmanned aerial vehicles, to generate relevant information in a timely basis which can be used by the Technical Committee for Prevention and Legislation to guide disaster risk reduction efforts within the Dominican Republic, as well as by the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) of the Commission in case of disasters.

The new Geospatial... read more

Publishing Date: 20/09/2018
Santo Domingo. Image courtesy of NASA.

Heavy rains are affecting the Dominican Republic since the end of March 2017. They caused swelling of rivers in several areas in the country , displacing more than 9,000 people. The Disaster charter was activated on 24 April 2017, on behalf of Emergency Operations Center (COE). Weather reports forecast further heavy to moderate rain across the country.

  • Institutional links to further mapping products, geodata, geolinks and databases

Alert areas maps are available at the Emergency Operations Center (COE)'s website: http://www.coe.gob.do/index.php/publicaciones

More information to be completed.

  • Warning centers

Updated information of alerted areas can be found on Emergency Operations Center (COE)'s website: http://www.coe.gob.do... read more

Publishing Date: 26/04/2017
Members of the EIGEO team at the National Emergency Commission

The President of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic activated the Inter-Institutional Geo-Spatial Information Team (EIGEO) to generate relevant information to support emergency relief efforts in areas affected by hurricane Matthew in the Dominican Republic and in Haiti.  

The EIGEO team was officially established in 2013 by the National Emergency Commission at the recommendation of UN-SPIDER.  The team brings together professionals from 14 ministries, government agencies, universities and NGOs who have been trained on the use of geographic information systems and remote sensing applications.

Maps and relevant information generated by the EIGEO team will be used by government officers coordinating disaster response efforts in the National Emergency Operations Center that has been set up by the National Emergency Commission and the Civil Defense of the Dominican Republic since several decades ago for this purpose.  

As a... read more

Publishing Date: 05/10/2016
Training course in Santo Domingo on drought indices

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic (NEC) joined forces to conduct a training course in the premises of the NEC from 20 to 22 July 2016 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The training course focused on the generation of maps depicting the Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) and the Standard Vegetation Index (SVI) using the Recommended Practices that have been developed by experts for UN-SPIDER.

The training course targeted 20 members of the government agencies and NGOs that integrate the Geospatial Information Management Team (EIGEO) that was established by the NEC and other government ministries and agencies in March 2013 as a way to support disaster risk reduction and emergency response efforts in the Dominican Republic.

Mrs. Silvia Pardi Lacruz from the Federal University of Santa... read more

Publishing Date: 26/07/2016
Regional Support Offices mentioned:
Mrs Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, and Mayor General Rafael De Luna Pichirilo, President of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic.

UN-SPIDER and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic conducted a regional expert meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the support of Secure World Foundation on the use of space-based information in early warning systems for sroughts. The meeting, which was conducted on 18 and 19 July 2016, brought together nearly 70 experts from Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico; as well as from FAO, UNCCD, WFP, UNDP, CRECTEALC, CEPREDENAC and UNOOSA. It was inaugurated by Mrs Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, and Mayor General Rafael de Luna Pichirilo, President of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic.  

The expert meeting has contributed to the efforts conducted under the umbrella of the project entitled Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Drought (SEWS-D). The project aims to institutionalise... read more

Publishing Date: 20/07/2016
Droughts affecting Latin America

The UN-SPIDER programme of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic will conduct a Regional Expert Meeting on the Use of Space-based Information in Early Warning Systems for Drought.  The expert meeting will be conducted in Santo Domingo on 18 and 19 July 2016, in the premises of the Centro de Exportación e Inversión de Republica Dominicana (CEI-RD). It will bring together experts from government agencies, universities and NGOs in the Dominican Government; as well as representatives of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras; and regional and international partners involved in the project entitled “Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Drought” (SEWS-D).  The expert meeting will benefit from the support provided by Secure World Foundation. 

The SEWS-D project, conducted by UN-SPIDER and several international, regional and national partners... read more

Publishing Date: 29/06/2016
Previous simulation in Honduras in June 2014

When a disaster strikes, situational awareness regarding impacts and needs is essential as a way to plan and carry out response efforts in areas affected by such a disaster. In recent years, advancements in the incorporation of satellite-assisted positioning and navigation services in smart telephones and other devices are contributing to enhance the capacity of responders on the ground to communicate critical information on such impacts and needs to Emergency Operations Centers.

Equally relevant are advances in the development of software applications such as GeoSHAPE, developed under the management of the United States Southern Command’s Science, Technology and Experimentation Division (USSOUTHCOM). GeoSHAPE stands for Geospatial Security Humanitarian Assistance and Partnership Engagement. It combines a web-based application that sits on a server and a portable application for the collection of data and images in the field. It has been developed to facilitate the... read more

Publishing Date: 21/07/2014
Members of EIGEO during the training course

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office, the Argentinean Space Agency CONAE, is providing a two-phase technical training course to the inter-institutional working group EIGEO in the Dominican Republic in order to strengthen its members' capacities to use satellite imagery for disaster response.

The first phase of the training course is taking place from 10 to 14 March 2014 with an introduction to optical image processing and its application in emergencies. The second phase is scheduled from 31 March to 3 April 2014 with an introductory course to radar images processing and its application in emergencies. These courses are taught by Professor Mario Alberto Lanfri of CONAE remotely from Argentina via Google Hangout. Estrella Melero, a volunteer from the Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) program. is supporting CONAE as the on-site-trainer.

The images used in this training are covering the Dominican Republic and were provided by the Geological Survey... read more

Publishing Date: 12/03/2014
Community near Santo Domingo flooded due to Hurricane Sandy in November 2012.

The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, has approved a new "National Plan for Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management", as UNISDR reported. The plan will define policy guidelines and basic principles for public and private institutions and civil society organizations. It focuses on the implementation of programmes that reduce disaster risk, ensure the safety of citizens and protect the country’s economic, social, environmental and cultural heritage.

The plan was prepared by the National Dominican Emergency and the Civil Defence Commission. It fits within the country’s existing instruments that guide risk prevention and mitigation, response preparations and disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction. These include: Risk Management Policy, National Risk Management Plan, and National Plan for the Reduction of Seismic Risk.

Publishing Date: 27/12/2013
UN-SPIDER's Remote Sensing expert Antje Hecheltjen during a training session.

The National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic (NEC) and the UN-SPIDER Programme are organising a training course in Santo Domingo to increase the knowledge and skills of 27 professionals from 15 Ministries, Government organizations and universities on the generation of space-based information focusing on floods. The course is conducted in the premises of the NEC from 13 to 17 May 2013 and contributes to the official establishment of the Inter-Institutional Team on Geo-Spatial Information for Disaster-Risk Management and Emergency Response (EIGEO) which is being implemented by the NEC as a way to enhance the use of space-based information in efforts including disaster risk management, preparedness and emergency response in case of floods. The EIGEO will contribute to the conduction of tasks contemplated in the National Disaster-Risk Management Plan as well as response efforts in case of disasters through the National Emergency Operations Centre.

Experts from... read more

Publishing Date: 14/05/2013

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) conducted a satellite-based analysis of floodings caused by the lakes Azuei in Haiti and Enriquillo in the Dominican Republic. As indicated recently by the Associated Press (AP), the expansion of these lake has caused flooding of neighboring farmland, and consequently, significant damage in both countries

CATHALAC's satellite-based analysis indicate that the area of Lake Azuei has expanded by some 14.4%, to 13,369 hectares, while Lake Enriquillo has expanded by some 62.2%, to 33,280 hectares. This analysis is based on Landsat-7 imagery captured on August 31, 2012. Nevertheless, the MODIS / Terra image captured this morning indicates that the areas remain flooded. CATHALAC will continue monitoring the situation.

Publishing Date: 19/09/2012

The National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic and UN-SPIDER organized an inter-institutional workshop on 8-10 November 2011 in the facilities of the Commission to elaborate the operational framework for the Geo-Spatial Information Team which will target efforts in the areas of risk management and disaster response. The workshop gathered technical staff from the National Emergency Operations Centre, Civil Defense, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Agriculture, Mining, and Health; the National Institutes of Water Resources and Statistics, and Military Cartography, from the National Meteorological Office, the Institutes of Geography and Seismology of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, from the Technological Institute of the Americas, and from an Non-Government Organizations such as the Red Cross. The workshop allowed CNE and UN-SPIDER to gather elements to elaborate terms of reference for the inter-institutional team that will support CNE regarding the... read more

Publishing Date: 21/12/2011

4 February 2010 – From 26 to 29 January, 2010, a Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) was conducted in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The goal of the mission was to assess the capacity of a variety of institutions to access and to use space-based information for disaster-risk management and emergency response and to identify institutional needs. The mission focused on four main topics: capacities to access space-based information and to use Geographical Information Systems; current efforts concerning the implementation of a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), and capacities to conduct training programmes focusing on the use of space-based information.

The two UN-SPIDER staff members were supported by an expert from the Venezuelan Space Agency (Agencia Bolivariana para Actividades Espaciales, ABAE) and by an expert from the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (Centro del Agua del Trópico Húmedo para América Latina y el Caribe, CATHALAC). The... read more

Publishing Date: 04/02/2010

UN-SPIDER Training Activity

Training Course on UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices on Droughts

This training course was conducted as a way to train the members of the EIGEO team on the use of the two Recommended Practices which have been incorporated into the UN-SPIDER Knowledge Portal that focus on drought.  The Dominican Republic, like other countries in Central America and around the world, is facing severe droughts which have been worsened by the 2015-2016 El Niño event.  

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Date of training: 20/07/2016 to 22/07/2016
Curso de entrenamiento al EIGEO de República Dominicana en Julio 2016

Este curso de entrenamiento se llevó a cabo para instruir a los miembros del equipo del EIGEO en el uso de las dos Prácticas Recomendadas para Sequías que se han incorporado en el Portal de Conocimiento de UN-SPIDER. La República Dominicana, al igual que otros países de Centroamérica y del mundo, ha experimentado severas sequías que han sido agravadas por el evento El Niño entre 2015 y 2016....

Date of training: 20/07/2016 to 22/07/2016
Percepción Remota en el contexto de inundaciones

De acuerdo con las recomendaciones planteadas como resultado de la Misión de Asesoría Técnica (MAT) realizada en Enero del 2010 y de la consiguiente Misión de Fortalecimiento Institucional de Noviembre del 2011 se estableció el Equipo Interinstitucional de Información Geo-Espacial para Gestión de Riesgos (EIGEO-GR) en República Dominicana. El Equipo de Información Geo-Espacial para Gestión de...

Date of training: 13/05/2013 to 17/05/2013
Remote Sensing in the Context of Floods

Following the recommendations of the Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) conducted in January 2010 as well as the consequent Institutional Strenghtening Mission (ISM) in November 2011, the interinstitutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management (Equipo de Información Geo-Espacial para Gestión de Riesgos - EIGEO-GR) was established in the Dominican Republic. It incorporates nearly 15...

Date of training: 13/05/2013 to 17/05/2013

Advisory Support

This mission was conducted with the Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs as a way to strengthen the link between the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic and UN-SPIDER, and took place from 18 July 2016 to 22 July 2016 in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Mission dates: 18/07/2016 to 22/07/2016

As a follow-up to the two preceding advisory support missions to the Dominican Republic, in 2010 and 2011, UN-SPIDER conducted an Institutional Strengthening Mission and organized a one-week training course to strengthen the remote sensing capacities of the inter-institutional Geo-Spatial Information Team for Risk Management to derive flood-related information from satellite imagery. The training course was organized with the National Emergency Commission and three regional support offices: IGAC, CATHALAC and CONAE and took place from 13 to 17 May 2013.

Mission dates: 13/05/2013 to 17/05/2013

One of the recommendations of a Technical Advisory Mission in 2010 was for the National Emergency Commission (CNE) to establish an inter-institutional group that focuses on the processing of satellite imagery to generate space-based information for disaster-risk management and disaster response efforts. As a way to contribute to the implementation of this recommendation, UN-SPIDER carried out a follow-up mission from 7-11 November 2011.

Mission dates: 07/11/2011 to 11/11/2011

The Dominican Republic is exposed to tropical storms and hurricanes that may trigger floods and storm surges. In addition, it is exposed to earthquakes that can trigger tsunamis. In 2002 the Dominican Republic enacted the Law 147-02, which incorporates the establishment of an inter-institutional System for Prevention, Mitigation and Response. At the request of the National Emergency Commission (CNE) and the National Secretariat for Foreign Affairs (SEREX), UN-SPIDER conducted a Technical Advisory Mission to the Dominican Republic.

Mission dates: 26/01/2010 to 29/01/2010

La República Dominicana está expuesta a tormentas tropicales, huracanes, inundaciones, marejadas, terremotos y tsunamis. En el año 2002 la República Dominicana promulgó la ley 147-02 que incorpora el establecimiento de un Sistema Interinstitucional para Prevención, Mitigación y Respuesta. A petición de la Comisión Nacional de Emergencias de República Dominicana (CNE) y de la Secretaría de Estado de Relaciones Exteriores (SEREX),ONU-SPIDER realizó una Misión de Asesoría Técnica en la República Dominicana.

Mission dates: 26/01/2010 to 29/01/2010

Event

The training course allowed UN-SPIDER to train the staff of the Geospatial Information Group for Risk Management and Emergency Response (EIGEO) team on the use of the UN-SPIDER Recommended Practices for drought monitoring as part of the project to strengthen drought early warning systems. The EIGEO brings together professionals and experts from more than 15 different institutions, universities and NGOs from the Dominican Republic. The training was conducted by experts from the Santa María Federal University, Brazil and Agustín Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC), Colombia. It focused on the generation of maps and use of the SVI and VCI indexes in drought effects on vegetation.

 

UN-SPIDER and the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic conducted a regional expert meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, with the support of Secure World Foundation on the use of space-based information in early warning systems for sroughts. The meeting, which was conducted on 18 and 19 July 2016, brought together nearly 70 experts from Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico; as well as from FAO, UNCCD, WFP, UNDP, CRECTEALC, CEPREDENAC and UNOOSA. It was inaugurated by Mrs Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of UNOOSA, and Mayor General Rafael de Luna Pichirilo, President of the National Emergency Commission of the Dominican Republic.     The expert meeting has contributed to the efforts conducted under the umbrella of the project entitled Strengthening Early Warning Systems for Drought (SEWS-D). The project aims to institutionalise and... read more
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