El Salvador


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, Brazil, conducted the training course. During the week-long training, 20 members of the inter-institutional technical team were trained on how to use remote sensing techniques and UN-... 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 data. 

As in the case of Guatemala, UN-SPIDER staff took the opportunity to provide to the Civil Protection Directorate and the Environmental Observatory a series of updated maps... 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 disaster risk reduction and emergency response.   

During the mission UN-SPIDER also presented the Recommended Practice on droughts recently developed by the Iranian Space Agency in its role as a Regional Support Office, and a series of maps elaborated by the UN-SPIDER... 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, Agriculture, Health, and Public Works, as well as to the Environmental Observatory and the National Geographic Institute. In addition, the experts met with representatives of international organizations, the donor community and with students enrolled in the Master’s programme on natural hazards management conducted by the University of El Salvador.

The experts... 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 than 30 experts from North, Central and South America, as well as from the Dominican Republic. Experts used the opportunity to identify strategies to institutionalize early warning systems operated at the national level, to identify strategies to incorporate the use of space-based applications in such systems, as well as to incorporate inputs from local communities exposed to large events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions.

At the request of the National Civil Defense Directorate of El Salvador, UN-SPIDER will also carry out a Technical Advisory Mission in the... 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 that this explosive eruption was caused by water vapor pressure. NASA however reported that the strength of the eruption and high concentrations of sulfur dioxide (a volcanic gas)... 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 experts from the Agustin Codazzi Geographic Institute (IGAC, in its role as one of the UN-...

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

Advisory Support

Mission dates: 16/12/2020 to 18/12/2020
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 Vulnerability 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


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, preparedness and emergency response efforts related to different types of events. Since 2015, DGPC has been implementing this and other recommendations stemming from that technical advisory mission. Efforts are underway with more than fifteen government organizations and universities of the country as a way to establish such a team, and DGPC has requested UN-SPIDER to carry out training courses as a way to strengthen the skills of... 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

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