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.
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.
GeoSUR, a Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) open access and web-based initiative for geospatial data-sharing, has received a boost at the Eye on Earth Summit in Abu Dhabi (12-15 December). The conference "Networks of Networks" working group accepted GeoSUR – one of the first such regional networks in the developing world – as a "case model".
Using the 3D-UDOP Geo-viewer to enhance situational awareness of seismic risk in Guatemala
Guatemala is a country exposed to a variety of hazards including earthquakes. Located at the intersection of three tectonic plates, the country is prone to large earthquakes such as the one which took place on 4 February 1976, which killed more than 23,000 people and affected nearly five million inhabitants.
The agreement for the establishment of the Centre for Space Science and Technology Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRECTEALC) was signed by the governments of Mexico and Brazil in 1997. The CRECTEALC impart long duration courses on space science and technology education.
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.
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.