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Department: Technical Cooperation
Project Name: Capability Enhancement in Using Geographic Information Systems in El Salvador
Project Description: According to a report by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), El Salvador is at high risk for natural disasters because of its geographical location and extreme weather conditions. Urgently should be managed in areas such as land use, natural disaster monitoring, disaster prevention policy, sustainability and natural resource planning with high technology tools. Since the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has the capacities of the use of satellite and applied technology, it was decided to elaborate the present project with the objective of improving the capacity in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As a result of the evaluation, it has been identified that the main challenge for the Government of El Salvador is the "lack of capacity in the monitoring and management of land changes", due to the lack of technological tools To effectively capture the status of changes in land use, as well as the very limited capacity for response and reduction to natural disasters. To assist partner countries in the effective implementation of GIS technology, it is hoped that with this technical cooperation project, it will be possible to increase efficiency in the management of the territory of El Salvador. The main components of this project will include: (1) To use Remote Sensing (SR) and GIS technology to assist the Government of El Salvador in monitoring changes in land use; (2) Produce basic and the matic maps of El Salvador at the national level; and (3). Strengthen the skills of advanced technicians in the GIS field.

Implementation Start Date: 2017/6/23
Implementation End Date: 2019/12/31
Project Objectives: By providing the technical capacity and application experience of satellite telemetry and GIS in Taiwan, the project will assist the government of El Salvador using GIS / RS technology land use monitoring and environmental resource strategic planning. In addition, by enhancing the institutional capacity to strengthen the Geographic Maps production technology in agriculture and water resources management applications.
Executing Agency: 1.TaiwanICDF (Taiwan)
2.Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, MARN(El Salvador)
Current Progress: To the end of December 2017, the following activities have been completed:
1.Signature of the "Capability Enhancement in Using Geographic Information System Project in El Salvador " in the environment and natural resources between the Government of the Republic of China(Taiwan) and the Government of the Republic of El Salvador.
2.Completion of the 9 project reports, including “Proposal of the Capability Enhancement in Using Geographic Information System in El Salvador Project", “Proposal of the RS/GIS training program in El Salvador”, “Second Quarterly Satellite Remote Sensing Monitoring on National Land Use Change in El Salvador Report”, “Third Quarterly Satellite Remote Sensing Monitoring on National Land Use Change in El Salvador Report”, “Fourth Quarterly Satellite Remote Sensing Monitoring on National Land Use Change in El Salvador Report”, “Annual Report for Satellite Remote Sensing Monitoring on National Land Use Change in El Salvador”, “Working Report for the National Drought Map in El Salvador”, “National Land Use Monitoring Integration Platform - System Planning and Design Proposal” and “The El Salvadorian RS/GIS Trainer Program in Taiwan Executive Report”.
3.Regular land use change monitoring in Apaneca – Ilamatepec, Balsamo Mountain Range – San Salvador and Bajo Lempa have been completed for a frequency of 10 monitoring periods in 13,338 kilometer squares. 64 scenes of satellite images were applied and 106 changes in 483.52 hectares had been notified to the El Salvadorian coordinators.
4.The completion of “Training Program for Observer of Monitoring Volcanic Activities in Using Early Warning System”. 30 participants attended the course.
5.The completion of RS/GIS training program in El Salvador. 12 El Salvadorian attendees including Minister of MARN arrived at Taiwan for the advanced RS/GIS trainings and official visits to the governmental units and private sector. The closing ceremony for the training program was held in El Salvador. MARN Minister Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro, Ambassador Mrs. Florencia Miao-hung Hsie, TaiwanICDF Secretary General Timothy T. Y. Hsiang and Project Principle Investigator Prof. Chin-Farn Chen all attended the event with more than 60 participants including mass media journalists and reporters.
6.The completion of year-end visit conducting multiple working meeting with MARN and MAG for the discussion of database system specification design and planning, as well as visited Ministry of Interior, National Registry Center, University of El Salvador and Central American University. The RS/GIS trainees and officials had also attended the opening ceremony for the Office of ROC Technical Mission Team in El Salvador.
7.Using 35 scenes of satellite images to compose the National Drought Map in El Salvador. National surface drought level changes in El Salvador can be easily observed in the National Drought Map and meanwhile becoming a technical aid for the evaluation of drought impact in El Salvador.
Project Performance: 1.Completed 13 areas land use change and reported 93 change points over a monitoring area of 30,438 km²;
2.Two emergency monitoring cases are completed: Incident of leaking molasses in La Magdalena factory and Bark beetles affecting plague of pine forests in the north-east area;
3.3 times and 90 hours GIS/RS training courses were completed and 88 participants attended;
4.Completion of 24 internet meetings;
5.Completion of 23 technical and project reports.
Project Contact: Huang, Tsung Hsien
Phone: 02-28732323#207
E-mail: ts.h.huang@icdf.org.tw
Signing Date: 2016/6/23
Projected Benefits: 1.Outcome: The government of El Salvador will have the capacity to monitor 100% changes in land use in selected areas.
2.Outputs: (1) quarterly land use monitoring report;(2) 48 satellite images of land use and disaster monitoring;(3) a national drought map;(4) a national potential landslides map;(5) a national satellite image map;(6) 4 GIS seeds teachers training in Taiwan;(7) 56 Advanced technicians trained in GIS; and (8) the provision of post-disaster satellite imaging for use in reporting (in the event of the official escalation of disasters or emergencies).
Cooperating Stakeholders: Ministerio de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales, MARN
Cooperating Country: Central America, El Salvador
Project status: Projects under implementation
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  • Date Updated:2018/1/24