Dominican Republic

UN-SPIDER Updates September 2018

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Mon, 01/10/2018

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UN-SPIDER Advisory Support brochure

Issue Date: 

Mon, 11/06/2018
Booklet about UN-SPIDER Advisory Support

The United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and


International Charter activated for floods in the Dominican Republic

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.

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Wed, 26/04/2017 - 10:41


EIGEO Team activated to support disaster response efforts in Dominican Republic and Haiti

Members of the EIGEO team at the National Emergency Commission

The President of the National

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Wed, 05/10/2016 - 09:32


First Preparatory Committee meeting for WCDRR concluded

Member States delegations convened in Geneva

On 14 and 15 July 2014, Member States and major groups convened in Geneva, Switzerland for the First Session of the Preparatory Committee of Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to provide clear guidance and inputs to what the post-2015 framework should look like.


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Thu, 17/07/2014 - 10:03

Dominican Republic: CONAE strengthens technical capacities of EIGEO

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

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Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:22


Dominican Republic: New National Plan for Disaster Risk Management

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.


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Fri, 27/12/2013 - 09:24

Haiti: Innovative high-technology disaster mitigation project launched

By mapping vulnerable communities through handheld GPS, the project will identif

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Taiwan (Province of China) announced the launch of the Haiti/DR Disaster Mitigation Project, an innovative crisis and risk


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Wed, 10/04/2013 - 10:30

Dominican Republic - Institutional Strengthening Mission

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.


Mon, 07/11/2011 to Fri, 11/11/2011

Host Institution: 

National Emergency Commission (CNE)


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Mission Profile: 

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.

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.

Mission Outcome: 

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.

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.

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.

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:

  • A virtual training course on GIS offered by IGAC in November and December 2011;
  • 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.

UN-SPIDER Updates September 2012

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Thu, 04/10/2012

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