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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Capability Enhancement in Using Geographic Information Systems in Central America—El Salvador
Project Description: Central American countries, frequently faced with natural disasters, lack effective management and planning capacity over vast areas of land, affecting the region’s sustainable development. There is an urgent need to use technology to better effect, which would assist government decision-making in preventing and mitigating natural disasters, managing land and using natural resources sustainably. Given Taiwan’s use of satellite technology and associated tools, authorities in El Salvador have all sought to cooperate with Taiwan based on this need, hoping to enhance governance capacity through this project via the introduction geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Project appraisal found that the main challenge to the introduction of GIS applications to El Salvador is their lack of access to satellite imaging and lack of technical capacity. In assisting cooperating countries to utilize GIS effectively and thereby upgrade the efficiency of government administration, the main components of this project will include: (1) strengthening environmental monitoring of key protected areas and nature reserves, and providing satellite imaging so that cooperating countries are able to understand changes to the state of land; (2) fostering human resources with technical capacity in GIS and transferring satellite imaging applications and technology to cooperating countries; and (3) in accordance with the differing needs of the cooperating countries, utilize satellite imaging in carrying out land use planning.

Region: Central America
Implementation Start Date: 2015/1/1
Implementation End Date: 2016/12/31
Source of Funding: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)
Project Objectives: By providing access to satellite imaging and change-point analysis, the project will assist the relevant units in Central American partner countries to expand GIS applications, allowing such units to achieve their goal of integrating mapping data. The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
1.Strengthen environmental monitoring systems for protected areas or key monitoring areas within Central America.
2.Foster GIS and related human resources, improving skills relating to the application of satellite imaging.
3.Enhance the use of satellite imaging in carrying out environmental impact analysis.
4.Enhance the capacity of disaster prevention systems at a national level.
Executing Agency: 1.TaiwanICDF (Taiwan)
2.Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, MARN(El Salvador)
3.Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, MAG(El Salvador)
4.Universidad de El Salvador, UES(El Salvador)
Implementation Arrangement: The TaiwanICDF will dispatch a project manager and specialists to assist the partner country to implement the project.
Current Progress: To the end of December 2016, the following activities have been completed:
1. Completion of the project’s request for proposal (RFP).
2. Completion of bidding for the project and contract-signed with National Central University.
3. Completion of 10 project reports, including “Proposal of Training Program for the Professional GIS Technicians”, “Materials of Training Program for the Professional GIS Technicians”, “First Quarterly Report”, “Second Quarterly Report”, “Third Quarterly Report”, “Executive Report of the Training Program for the Professional GIS Technicians”, “Report of Updated Land Use Map in El Salvador”, “Report of National Land Use Satellite Image Mosaic Map in El Salvador”, “Fourth Quarterly Report”, and “Annual Report”.
4. Completion of land use change report: Satellite monitoring in the following 5 areas of 6,669 km² have been completed: Apaneca – Ilamatepec, Balsamo Mountain Range – San Salvador and Bajo Lempa. 94 changes were reported and notified to the El Salvadorian coordinators via ICAES.
5. Completion of “Satellite image mosaic of whole El Salvador” and “Updating of land cover map”.
6. Two emergency monitoring cases are completed: (A) Incident of leaking molasses in La Magdalena factory and (B) Bark beetles affecting plague of pine forests in the north-east area. Satellite images and the change analysis report were provided to the El Salvadorian coordinators.
7. A 90-hour advanced GIS/RS training course is completed in El Salvador. 58 participants attended the course.

In 2015
1. Completed the project’s request for proposal (RFP).
2. Completed bidding for the project and signed a contract with National Central University.
3. Completed project planning reports and planning for the GIS-related education and training to be provided to El Salvador.
4. Completed land use change reporting: Informed the El Salvado government of 93 change points over a monitoring area of 6,024 km² including rainforest protected areas, forest protected areas.
5. Completed basis and advance capacity building courses for the GIS-related education and training to be provided to El Salvado (80 hours of training course and 31 people of participation) and we donated an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, UAV.

Project Contact: Huang, Tsung Hsien
Phone: 02-28732323#207
E-mail: ts.h.huang@icdf.org.tw
Projected Benefits: 1.Impact: A deepening in the use of technology among Nicaragua’s environmental agencies, strengthening the capacity to manage changes in land use.
2.Outcome: The capacity of the partner government to keep track of changes in, and the status of, land use in designated locations, and a capacity to direct the relevant units in taking the most rapid and suitable response following natural disasters so as to reduce the extent of damage sustained by such land.
3.Outputs: (1) quarterly analysis and change reports for designated monitoring areas; (2) 30 instances of training per year for GIS technicians (in total for all cooperating countries); (3) quarterly production of satellite imaging for designated monitoring areas; and (4) the provision of post-disaster satellite imaging for use in reporting (in the event of the official escalation of disasters or emergencies).
Sector: Multisector/Cross-Cutting
Sector Item: General Environmental Protection
Cooperating Country: Central America, El Salvador
Project status: Completed projects
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  • Date:2015/9/3
  • Date Updated:2018/8/29