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On 18 August 2014 the International Charter: Space and Major Disasters was activated for floods and landslides in the Republic of Panama at the request of the USGS on behalf of SINAPROC / Chiriqui Province / Municipality of Tierra Alta.

The disaster occurred in Chiriqui Province because of heavy rain on 17 August. The rain caused the Chiriqui Viejo River to burst its banks in Chiriqui Province, which led to flooding in the city of Cerro Punta. It has caused 9 casualties and destroyed over twenty homes, making almost 100 individuals homeless. The President of the Republic of Panama has declared a state of emergency in the province, and rescue efforts are at work. 

Satellite-based products and maps created through the mechanism will be published on the International Charter's website as soon as they become available.

Publishing date 20/08/2014

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 Positioning Systems (GPS) for mapping.

The course allowed the participants to learn and strengthen their basic understanding of cartography, so that it could be easily applied in their daily activities with the use of GPS. Participants had the opportunity to handle GPS navigation systems, take coordinates such as “waypoint", "Route" and "track" parameters, and learned how to use GPS tools for smartphones as well as how to export GPS data to a GIS format using a open source application.

CATHALAC will continue with the development of this and other related training courses, therefore helping to strengthen the knowledge of professionals of the Latin American and Caribbean region. CATHALAC also hosts a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office.

Publishing date 24/03/2014

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 local landslides. The Associated Press reported that on the three islands, there were some 20 casualties. The Prime Ministers of those countries declared the state of national disaster, and even the head of the Organization of American States gave a statement on the tragedy.

In response to requests coming from the affected countries, and in the context of CATHALAC's role as a UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office in the region, CATHALAC's Division of Applied Research and Development prepared an analysis of the events triggering the disaster. The analysis was based on satellite-derived estimates of rainfall, principally from NOAA's Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS), and climatology data from the WorldClim 1.4 database. The results of the analysis showed that a…

Publishing date 30/01/2014

UN-SPIDER participated in the Regional Consultation and Awareness Raising Workshop on Integral Disaster Risk Management in Central America which took place in Panama City, Panama, from 26 to 28 November 2013. The workshop was organised by the regional office of United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) for the Americas, by the Central American Coordination Centre for Natural Disaster Prevention (CEPREDENAC), by the regional office of the European Commission’s Humanitarian Office in Nicaragua (DIPECHO), UNICEF, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and Plan International.

The event brought together more than 120 participants from all countries of Central America and elsewhere representing civil protection agencies, various state ministries (health, education, planning, etc), municipal authorities, regional and international organizations as well as non-government organizations which are conducting…

Publishing date 02/12/2013

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office located in Panama, the Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean (CATHALAC), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama signed the Center´s host country agreement on 11 July 2012. The instrument was duly signed by His Excellency Roberto C. Henríquez, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Panama and CATHALAC's Director General, in the presence of Francisco Álvarez De Soto, Vice Minister of Foreign affairs, at the Republic of Panama's Bolívar Palace.

"The signing of this instrument is an important step towards cementing CATHALAC's intergovernmental endeavors across the humid tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as highlighting Panama's leadership in integrated water resources management in the Hemisphere", stated CATHALAC´s Director General, Emilio Sempris.

Publishing date 27/07/2012

The Pan American Institute of Geography and History (PAIGH) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) organized a Crisis Workshop during the annual meeting of the Commissions of PAIGH. The workshop took place on 13 and 14 June 2011 in Panama.

Under the umbrella of their annual meeting of Commissions, PAIGH together with USGS conducted a regional workshop on the use of geo-spatial information in case of crises such as natural disasters. UN-SPIDER was a member of the organizing committee of this workshop and gave a presentation on its activities in general and in the region in particular. Participants from different countries participated, and UN-SPIDER took the opportunity to discuss with representatives from the regional office of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) in Panama how to advance the coordination of regional activities in the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. This included in particular capacity building activities by the…

Publishing date 01/07/2011
Regional Support Offices mentioned:

Panama-based CATHALAC (Water Center for the Humid Tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean) is the new UN-SPIDER Regional Support Office for Latin America and the Caribbean after signing a cooperation agreement with The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). CATHALAC’s participation as a Regional Support Office for UN-SPIDER includes promoting the development and strengthening of national capacities in Latin American and the Caribbean countries, providing horizontal cooperation and technical assistance to the countries and organizations involved in disaster prevention and mitigation, as well as generating and sharing knowledge for the use of valuable space based information in the decision making processes.

CATHALAC is an International Organization at the service of the humid tropics of Latin America and the Caribbean. Its primary purpose is to promote sustainable development through applied research and development, education and technology transfer…

Publishing date 26/04/2010

Sistema Nacional de Proteccion Civil (SINAPROC) de la Republica de Panama

Contact Person
Mr Jorge Rodriguez
Jefe del Departamento de Organización Comunitaria



Sistema de Protección Civil (SINAPROC) de la República de Panamá

Persona de Contacto
Sr. Jorge Rodriguez
Jefe del Departamento de Organización Comunitaria