Information and Risk Management Systems of Bogota, Colombia and Parana, Brazil; Winners of the UN call on disaster risk-sensitive local innovation and development

By: UNDRR - Americas

PANAMA, Panama January 8, 2015 - The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) recognized the “Risk Management and Climate Change Information System (SIRE)” in Bogota, Colombia, and the “Civil Defence Information System (SIDS)” of Parana, Brazil as the most innovative in support of local development sensitive to disaster risk and climate change adaptation. They will be presented at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) to be held in Sendai, Japan from 14 to 18 March.

This was announced by the UNDRR, through its Regional Office for the Americas, following a recent call whose purpose is to contribute to the development of a catalogue of best practices in the use of information systems, which include a geographic component to support local development planning processes by integrating risk management and climate change adaptation.

Ricardo Mena, Head of the UNDRR Regional Office for the Americas said: “We recognize the excellence of the selected initiatives, and we are pleased to announce that they will be presented by their coordinators in Japan during the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction as a contribution of the Americas for the development of the region, through the innovation of information disaster risk management systems at the local level.”
In addition, Edemilson de Barros, Executive Coordinator of Civil Protection and Defence of Parana said: “SIDS is a project that began over 10 years ago and today is the primary management tool for civil defence and protection used by municipalities Paraná. This recognition gives us the certainty that we are on the right path towards reducing disasters in our State.”

Also recognized were the "Early Warning System of Medellín and Valle de Aburra (SIATA)”, Colombia; the " Disaster Risk Management Information System (SIGRID)” of Peru; and the "KimGen Project” of Chile, through a rigorous selection process conducted by an expert committee appointed by UNDRR - Americas.

The "Call to identify good practices and innovation in the use of Information Systems to support local development processes, integrating disaster risk management and climate change adaptation” was held at the regional level between October and November 2014, thanks to the sponsorship of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance - United States Agency for International Development (USAID / OFDA).

Related links:
Details of the Call
UNDRR-The Americas


Annex: Results of the Call in each category.

First place “IS Applications", publicly or freely available.

In this category, the “Risk Management and Climate Change Information System (SIRE)” was selected. This application was filed by the District Institute for Risk Management and Climate Change IDIGER of the Mayor of Bogota, Colombia. This system, which includes components for public and internal use is highlighted for providing everyday tools for both the general public and for specialized personnel.

 First place   “IS Applications” for internal use.

In this category, the “Civil Defence Information System (SIDS)” of Parana was selected. This application was submitted by the National Coordinator for Civil Protection and Defence” of the State of Parana, Brazil. This management and planning tool for civil defence actions in the State of Parana includes its 339 municipalities and is a key tool for recording and monitoring the impact of events, emergencies and/or disasters affecting the region.

The SIDC offers, among other aspects: Registry database concurrency in municipalities since 1980 to facilitate the online management and monitoring of events, operational control of all occurrences with permanent records for the production of “Online Contingency Plans” in all municipalities of Paraná and geo-referencing of all information with multiple layers, including business intelligence.

Second place “IS Applications”, publicly or freely available.

The “Early Warning System of Medellín and Valle de Aburra (SIATA)” presented by the Administrative Department for Disaster Risk Management DAGRD - Valle de Aburra Metropolitan Area. This application represents a novel and interesting effort for generating and displaying information on the monitoring of hydro-meteorological events in Valle de Aburra.

Second place “IS Application” for internal use.

The “Disaster Risk Information System (SIGRID)”, presented by the National Centre for Disaster Risk Estimation, Prevention and Reduction - CENEPRED, Peru. The tool represents an important effort in coordinating the publication of information on risk management issues between different actors. The tool also provides components for public use.

Honourable mention.

The Evaluation Committee noted the importance of the KimGen project presented by the Catholic University of Temuco, Chile, for its interesting approach in support of disaster risk management training and capacity building processes.



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