El Salvador

Hurricane Mitch at peak intensity on October 26, 1998 at 19:15 UTC. At the time, it was a Category 5 hurricane. (Credit: NOAA/NASA Satellite image)
The Americas Regional Platform had a wide-ranging discussion on the development of disaster risk reduction in Central America since Hurricane Mitch twenty years ago.
A flooded street in Honda, Colombia after heavy rains caused the Magdelena river to overflow its banks (Flickr: Policía Nacional de los colombianos)
Rivers run through many cities in Latin America that have joined UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign, and management of these rivers brought three of those cities together last month to carry out a reality check.
Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, addresses the Central American forum. (Photo: Presidency of El Salvador)
Disaster risk reduction needs to be a key component of development in order to secure sustainable results, UNISDR’s head Ms. Margareta Wahlström told a key meeting in Central America, one the most climate-vulnerable regions in the world.

The policy brief informs local policymakers about the current trends and activities taking place in selected cities that have signed up to the Making Cities Resilient Campaign since 2010. The Summary draws largely on the findings of the Making Cities

Mayor Al Alquillano (fifth from left) of San Francisco, Philippines with participants during the first day of his tour across Central America.
A senior official from the Philippines town of San Francisco, which won the 2011 Sasakawa Award for Disaster Risk Reduction, has spent the last five days journeying across Central America to exchange information with local authorities on best practice to make urban settings safer from natural hazards.
El Salvador - government
Dirección General de Protección Civil, Prevención y Mitigación de Desastres
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean
Centro de Coordinación para la Prevención de los Desastres Naturales en América Central
European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection DG
San Salvador