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Mapping and Application of GPS: CATHALAC trains professionals

Participants of the course “Mapping and Application of GPS” offered by CATHALAC

On 23 February 2014, CATHALAC finished its training course “Mapping and Application of GPS” which offered professionals in Latin America and the Caribbean a deeper understanding of using Global Pos

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Mon, 24/03/2014 - 11:02
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8.99427
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CATHALAC: Support to flood-stricken Eastern Caribbean islands

In some areas, rainfall was 1839 percent above the average

Between December 24 and 25, 2013, the eastern Caribbean islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were affected by torrential rains which triggered massive flooding and

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Thu, 30/01/2014 - 15:00
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48.2348
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Application Mapping Techniques and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Landscape Interpretation and Representation

Time and Duration
Venue City: 
Ciudad del Saber
Basic Information
Date: 
28/01/2013 - 01/02/2013
Venue: 
Florida State University Panama/CATHALAC
Venue Country: 
Panama
Event Organisers: 

CATHALAC

Language of event: 
Spanish

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8.53798
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Dominican Republic - Institutional Strengthening Mission

Dates: 
Mon, 07/11/2011 - Fri, 11/11/2011
Advisory Mission Facts
Mission details
<p>One of the recommendations of a <a href="http://www.un-spider.org/tam-en/5841/dominican-republic-technical-advisory-mission">Technical Advisory Mission</a> 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.</p>
Host Institution: 
National Emergency Commission (CNE)
Mission Team: 
<p>Experts from UN-SPIDER, CATHALAC and IGAC</p>
Mission Profile: 
<p>The mission took place under the coordination of CNE, serving as Secretariat to the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Disaster Response, with the support of experts from CATHALAC and IGAC in their role as Regional Support Offices to UN-SPIDER. This mission included an inter-institutional workshop to elaborate the operational framework for the Geo-Spatial Information Team which will target efforts in the areas of risk management and disaster response. Additionally, meetings with representatives from government agencies, the United Nations, the European Union, and the International Cooperation Agency of Spain were arranged.</p> <p>The three-day workshop took place in the facilities of the Commission and gathered technical staff from the National Emergency Operations Centre (EOC), Civil Defense, Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Environment, Agriculture, Mining, and Health; the National Institutes of Water Resources, Statistics, and Military Cartography; the National Meteorological Office, the Institutes of Geography and Seismology of the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo, the Technological Institute of the Americas, and the Red Cross.</p>
Mission Outcome: 
<p>The workshop participants recommended to the National Emergency Commission the establishment of the Geo-Spatial Information Team (EIGEO) as a structure for all of these institutions to work together in a coordinated fashion. The team will focus on the generation of space-based information to be used by the Technical Committee of the CNE, the Emergency Operations Center (COE), and other ministries in their efforts to respond to a variety of events which can trigger disasters, and in areas related to prevention, mitigation, and early warning.</p> <p>In addition, participants recommended the establishment of a coordination group integrated by representatives from the EOC, the Military Cartographic Institute (ICM), Ministry of Environment and the National Institute for Water Resources (INDRHI) which could oversee all activities conducted by the team and could serve as a liaison with UN-SPIDER, CATHALAC, and other regional and international organizations. The participants concluded the workshop with an outline of short-, medium-, and long-term activities to be carried out by the team, some of which will set the bases for further work. This set of activities constitutes already a Plan of Work which will guide the work of the team in years to come.</p> <p>Using this opportunity, CATHALAC donated to government institutions participating in this workshop the most recent radar satellite image mosaic of the Dominican Republic, which was acquired by CATHALAC recently.</p> <p>Based on the recommendations emanating from the workshop, the Director of CNE outlined the tasks that the CNE will conduct as a way to institutionalize the team within the framework of the existing legislation (Decree 147-02) and will designate a member of the Commission to preside over the team. In a complementary fashion, it was agreed that UN-SPIDER would follow-up through two activities:</p> <ul> <li>A virtual training course on GIS offered by IGAC in November and December 2011;</li> <li>A training course on remote sensing applications to disaster-risk management and emergency response to be conducted in the Dominican Republic in the summer of 2012.</li> </ul>

UN-SPIDER Updates October 2012

Issue Date: 
Fri, 02/11/2012

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

CATHALAC analyses Mangrove Cover of Guatemala

In collaboration with the Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources (MARN) in Guatemala, UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and

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Mon, 08/10/2012 - 08:32

UN-SPIDER Updates September 2012

Issue Date: 
Thu, 04/10/2012

In this issue:

UN-SPIDER at a glance

CATHALAC: Subsequent Analysis on Lake Azuei Flooding

UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office CATHALAC published a subsequent analysis on the flooding of Lake Azuei in Haiti.

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Tue, 02/10/2012 - 12:00

CATHALAC launches PortalGIS: A Geo-Viewer for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office, the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC) launched PortalGIS, a new GIS tool to support environment, disaster risk a

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Tue, 04/09/2012 - 08:14

CATHALAC models Central America's vulnerability to coastal hazards

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC – The Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean –, elaborated a profile of the relative vulnerability of Central

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Tue, 21/08/2012 - 10:02