SERVIR Workshop 'Disaster Management and Response' in El Salvador
Published: Aug 24 2009
From August 17-20, 2009, CATHALAC organized a national workshop in El Salvador on the Application of SERVIR for Disaster Management and Response, jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN), with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and NASA.
This training event held at the Central American University “José Simeón Cañas,” included the participation of the national institutes responsible for disaster management, such as Civil Protection, the National Service for Territorial Studies (SNET) and MARN. Representatives from the University of El Salvador (UES) and the Central American University (UCA) also participated. Along with CATHALAC instruction, the workshop also brought specialists from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) and the Brazilian National Institute for Space Research (INPE).
The event in El Salvador is the third in a series being conducted in the countries participating in the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA-DR), and was achieved under the umbrella of the Regional Visualization & Monitoring System (SERVIR), which is jointly implemented by CATHALAC, NASA, USAID, and with the support of other partners such as NOAA. The overall objectives of these national workshops is strengthening national capacities to respond effectively to extreme events, through the facilitation of technical dialogue between the relevant national agencies and through training in the use of remote sensing and geographic information systems.
During the training workshop, participants were introduced to a number of medium and high resolution satellite images such as ASTER, EO-1 ALI, and Quickbird, thirty-eight (38) scenes of which were provided free of cost for environmental research and disaster mitigation uses.
By bringing the technical capacities of research centers from both Latin America and the U.S. to bear, the workshops have provided a crucial opportunity to facilitate both North-South and South-South transfer of technology and expertise. Since the establishment of SERVIR in 2005, the system’s implementing partners CATHALAC and NASA have supported the region’s countries each year by providing satellite-based impact assessments of extreme events. To date, some twenty-six (26) assessments have been provided, covering earthquakes, fires, floods, harmful algal blooms, hurricanes and tropical storms, and landslides.
For complete information on this series of workshops and Training Materials, visit SERVIR Workshops on Disaster Management and Response to Extreme Events.