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Central America: New Portal for Disaster Risk Management launched

The Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention in Central America (CEPREDENAC) in Guatemala launched on 19 November 2012 an online Platform for Information and Communication for Integrated

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mar, 20/11/2012 - 14:32

Guatemala – Misión de Expertos (2011)

lun, 31/10/2011 - dom, 06/11/2011
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<p>En los últimos años Guatemala se ha visto afectada por desastres de varios tipos incluyendo erupciones volcánicas,inundaciones y sequías. En Noviembre del 2010 ONU-SPIDER realizó una Misión de Asesoría Técnica en Guatemala. En seguimiento a esta MAT,en Noviembre del 2011 se realizó una Misión de Expertos con el objetivo de apoyar a CONRED y SEGEPLAN en la institucionalización de un grupo técnico que enfoque sus esfuerzos en las aplicaciones de percepción remota para la reducción de riesgos y la respuesta en caso de desastres.</p>
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<p>La misión tuvo como meta sensibilizar a los Directores de varias instituciones sobre los beneficios del uso de la información obtenida mediante satélites en la gestión de riesgos y en la respuesta en caso de emergencias o desastres,así como sobre las recomendaciones emanadas de la MAT que fuera realizada un año antes,que incluyeron el establecimiento de un grupo de tipo interinstitucional de profesionales que laboran en diversas instituciones del Estado y que enfocan su quehacer en el uso de sistemas de información geográfica y percepción remota. La misión incluyó visitas a SEGEPLAN,al Instituto Geográfico Nacional (IGN),al Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE),a la agencia Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED) y al Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN). </p>

UN-SPIDER facilitates activation of Charter for Guatemala

On 7 November 2012 at 10:35 am local time, the southwestern region of Guatemala was impacted by a strong earthquake that provoked fatalities and losses.

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mar, 13/11/2012 - 11:42

Earthquake impacts the western region of Guatemala

On 7 November 2012 at 10:35 am local time, the southwestern region of Guatemala was impacted by a strong earthquake that provoked fatalities and losses. The 7.4 magnitude earthquake had its epicenter 35 kilometers south of the Port of Champerico in the Retalhuleu Department. The National Coordinating Agency for Disaster Reduction of Guatemala (CONRED) conducted a damage and needs assessment and confirmed that most damages took place in the highlands. CONRED indicated that the effects of the earthquake were most felt in communities in San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Quiche, Quetzaltenango, Totonicapan and Solola Departments. In its bulletin number 2943 of 8 November, CONRED indicated that 52 people were killed, 14 injured and 22 missing. The earthquake also damaged severely more than 500 houses. In addition, the institution commented that 20 temporary shelters have been opened in communities in Quiche, Quetzaltenango and San Marcos; providing shelter to 762 persons thus far.

On 8 November 2012 the President of the Republic of Guatemala, Mr. Otto Perez Molina, declared a State of Public Calamity in San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Quiche and Huehuetenango. In addition and as a way to support those affected, the government, through CONRED, mobilized more than 50 tons of humanitarian assistance to the areas affected by this earthquake.

The Executive Secretariat of CONRED contacted UN-SPIDER to request the activation of the International Charter Space and Major Disasters, which was subsequently activated by the Argentina Civil Protection Agency (SIFEM) on behalf of CONRED on 8 November 2012.  More information is available on the Charter website.

In its bulletin number 2955 dated 12 November 2012, CONRED updated its reports of damages, indicating that more than 2,600 houses suffered severe damage, more than 3,300 houses experienced moderate damages and nearly 2,900 houses displayed slight damage. In addition, CONRED also reported that 61 temporary shelters were providing support to those affected.

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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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lun, 08/10/2012 - 08:32

CATHALAC publishes satellite imagery of Guatemala volcano eruption

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) quickly reacted to yesterday's eruption of Guatemala's Fuego Volcano.

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vie, 14/09/2012 - 07:33

World Bank Country Office in Guatemala

Despite the global financial crisis and recent natural disasters, Guatemala continues to have huge potential for economic growth.

United Nations Development Programme Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Guatemala (UNDP/BCPR)

After 36 years of internal armed conflict in Guatemala, thousands of confidential facts about the actions of the State have been registered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Guatemalan Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment of the Rafael Landivar University (IARNA – URL)

The Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment is one of the ten Institutes for research established in the University Rafael Sandivar.

Guatemalan Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN)

The SESAN is the institution responsible for planning, coordinating, integrating and monitoring the interventions food and nutritional security interventions in the public sector, society and inter