Throughout 2015-16 we are working with stakeholders from Guatemala (and beyond) to support the strengthening of volcanic resilience in the country. We are fundraising to support the purchase of equipment and materials identified by in-country teams and expert advisers as making the biggest impact on the overall aim of strengthening resilience to volcanic hazards. These finances will go alongside the development of additional publications and training materials.
(note that we have extended the project beyond 2015)
This project gives you an opportunity to make a practical contribution to the fight against global poverty while also increasing your understanding of development projects, disaster risk reduction and the skills to do these effectively.
(1) Central Coordination of National Volcano Monitoring Programme: Monitoring of Guatemala’s volcanoes is the responsibility of the national agency known as ‘INSIVUMEH’. Our work will ensure the volcanology team has the computer facilities required to rapidly process data and undertake this monitoring work.
(2) Supporting Volcanic Observatories (Fuego and Santiaguito): These observatories monitor the volcanic activity on a daily basis, often through visual observations. They also have a crucial role in education and knowledge dissemination. We will seek to improve their facilities so that they can offer enhanced community training and education. We will also improve safety equipment and transport for monitoring.
(3) Public Education and Awareness: Ensuring a wide access to knowledge and understanding is an essential part of resilience. We’ll be supporting improved training, distribution of hazard maps, information booklets, posters and evacuation plans.
Open-Access Images from Guatemala
MSc Volcanology (Bristol)
INSIVUMEH - National Institute for Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology
CONRED - National Coordinator for Disaster Risk Reduction
IVMF - Fuego Project
IVMF - Santiaguito Project
MTU - Fuego Information
Oregon State University - Santa Maria/Santiaguito