Newsletter Actualidad | January 2013

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New web portal Sistematización de Herramientas de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres
How was the systematisation process carried out?
The web portal
More Information on the DIPECHO 2012 Projects for South America
Publications and Resources from the portal
Courses and events

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Recursos de Información para Preparativos y Respuesta
Salud Pública y Gestión del Riesgo
Toolkit para la creación de productos y servicios de información sobre riesgo y desastres

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Newsletter / January 2013


New web portal Sistematización de Herramientas de Gestión del Riesgo de Desastres: A way to prepare for disasters on the basis of your own experiences

The initiative to systematise tools for disaster risk management in South America constituted part of the project on “Strengthening Disaster Risk Reduction in South America through promotion of implementation of the priorities for action under the Hyogo Framework for Action at the regional, national and local levels”, which was executed by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) during the DIPECHO 2011-2012 Plan of Action for South America, with financial support from the European Commission by means of the Disaster Preparedness Programme (DIPECHO).

Within this project, the Regional Centre on Disaster Information for Latin America and the Caribbean (CRID) provided support and coordination with activities related to: 1. Strengthening information management capacities for the Andean Virtual Libraries for Disaster Prevention and Response (BiVaPaD) in Bolivia and Peru; 2. Creation and publication of the web portal on “Information Resources for Preparedness and Response”; 3. Development of a web platform to improve information access, resources and tools for DIPECHO and other partners in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in South America, an activity that formed the framework for the process to systematise the tools.

Thus, the initiative was aimed at motivating and encouraging the DIPECHO partners to identify some of the tools used or prepared by them within their project frameworks, in order to systematise them in a standard form and disseminate them on a web platform prepared by CRID.

More information on the initiative here.

How was the systematisation process carried out?

One of the first tasks carried out was a review and edition of the Guía Metodológica para la Sistematización de Herramientas para la Gestión de Riesgo, where the lessons learned during the systematisation process carried out by CRID and the DIPECHO Partners during the DIPECHO VI Plan of Action 2009-2010 in Central America were again adopted. Among the results of this experience, the “Collection of Catalogues of Tools and Information Resources in Disaster Preparedness” provides 89 tools that were developed during the last decade in Central America on topics covering Early Warning Systems (EWS), Education, Health and Building Local Response Capabilities. The collection of catalogues is available here.

Interviews with the DIPECHO Partners for South America, other players related with disaster risk reduction and personnel from CRID, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and UNISDR were needed to reach commonality on the concept and type of tool, as well as the related documents that would be selected and systematised.

Participation in the DIPECHO 2011-2012 Regional Workshops for South America offered a space to present the project, the working methodology and the resources necessary to carry out the whole process. At the individual level, there was constant communication with the DIPECHO Partners and technical accompaniment and support were provided throughout the whole process, which favoured both the systematisation process carried out by each Partner as well as the acquisition of the products obtained: 1. Systematisation document; 2. Information resources linked to the tool; and 3. Supplementary informational material.

The stage involving the website design included, among other activities the review, organisation and presentation of the tools and other documents in an agreeable and easily accessible manner for all of the published material.

If you would like to learn more about the guidelines for carrying out the systematisation process, download the working methodology here.


The web portal

This Web Portal is provided for national and international players involved in the disaster risk reduction milieu, in order to facilitate the available tools that have gone through validation processes.

  • It offers 27 tools on: self-assessment for local governments, disaster risk analysis, awareness campaigns, a communications kit, participatory funds for demonstration projects, formation of community civil defence nuclei, guides for drafting community plans for risk management and emergency response, early warning systems, safe hospitals, prevention in the face of tsunamis and didactic games.
  • It includes a section with a general list of all of the tools and the option to have expedited access to the corresponding systematisation document in pdf format.
  • The information for each tool consists of:
  • To learn which organisations (community, NGOs, international cooperation, humanitarian assistance, United Nations agencies, etc.) participated in the initiative and with what tools, the portal offers a list by institution where this information may be ascertained.
  • The foregoing lists are complemented with a page listing the tools according to the countries participating in the DIPECHO VII Plan of Action for South America.
  • mensaje_03.png With a view to encourage the DIPECHO Partners and other parties interested in DRR to implement similar processes, the site offers a section with the following methodological support documents:
    Guía Metodológica para la Sistematización de Herramientas para la Gestión de Riesgo
    Orientaciones generales para la sistematización de herramientas para la gestión del riesgo

More Information on the DIPECHO 2012 Projects for South America

The DIPECHO VII Plan of Action for South America ran from April-May 2011 until October 2012.

With the objective of strengthening the preparedness and resilience of communities and institutions in the face of disasters generated by natural phenomena, 24 projects were carried out in nine countries: Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina and Brazil; four of these projects were regional in nature, implemented by PAHO-WHO, UNICEF, UNESCO and UNISDR.

During this DIPECHO period, several Information Bulletins were published, following-up on the projects, which also participated in the initiative to systematise the tools in each one of the countries and at the regional level.

Click on the following links to have access to these bulletins::

DIPECHO South America 2012 Informational Bulletin

August 2012 Edition
June 2012 Edition




5 herramientas para la gestión del riesgo de desastres. (2012)
In the Tool: Análisis del riesgo de desastres


Juego de riesgos Argentina: Arriésgate. (2012)
Tablero y tarjetas de juego
In the Tool: Juego de riesgos Argentina: Arriésgate


Plan de Gestión de Riesgos: Cantón General Antonio Elizalde "Bucay”. (2012)
In the Tool: Guía Metodológica para elaborar Planes Comunitarios de Gestión de Riesgos


Guía práctica para la Auto-evaluación en el nivel local de los avances en la reducción del riesgo de desastres a través de LGSAT 2011-2013
In the Tool: Auto-evaluación para Gobiernos Locales sobre la Resiliencia a Desastres (LG-SAT)


Manual Formação de Núcleos Comunitários de Defesa Civil (NUDECs). (2012)
In the Tool: Formação de Núcleos Comunitários de Defesa Civil (NUDECs)


Índice de seguridad hospitalaria: Guía para la evaluación de establecimientos de salud de mediana y baja complejidad. (2010)
In the Tool: Guía para la elaboración de planes de respuesta ante emergencias y desastres en redes de salud local


Fenómenos naturales en la tierra sismos y tsunamis todo lo que debemos saber: Textos guía para docentes y estudiantes. (2010)
In the Tool: Manual didáctico para estudiantes y docentes para una cultura de prevención ante tsunami


“Zeta” el primer héroe ciudadano de La Paz (24 episodios)
In the Tool: Miniserie televisiva de educación ciudadana para la prevención de riesgos



Diplomado en Gestión y Administración de Desastres
Date: 8 – 13 february
Place: Colombia (Popayán, Cauca)
Organize: Corporación Universitaria Autónoma del Cauca

Foro virtual WSPA-Desprender “Inundaciones y Riesgo Peruano”
Date: 18 february – 15 march
Organize: WSPA
Contact: /

2do. Congreso de Salud y Desastres “Hacia la Reducción de Desastres por un Futuro Seguro”
Date: 20 – 22 march
Place: Cuba (Centro de Convenciones y Servicios Académicos de la Universidad de Ciencias Médicas, La Habana)
Organize: Centro Nacional de Ciencias Médicas

Diplomado en Gestión de la Respuesta Humanitaria
Date: march – june
Place: Perú (Lima)
Organize: Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

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