"The Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation"

Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia - December 3rd, 200

On December 3, 2006 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, the Department of Sustainable Development of the Organization of American States (OAS), with support of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), held a meeting of experts on Natural Disasters.

The main objective of the meeting was to advance in the identification of synergies and opportunities for cooperation among organizations that are already working in natural disasters-related networks; identify needs for the sharing and exchange of information, knowledge, lessons learned and best practices for the advancement of formulation of natural hazard risk reduction-related public policy and its mainstreaming into national development policies and plans. The definition of priorities for action will provide a valuable input to the OAS work in this area.

The meeting gathered high level government officials and distinguished members of the natural disasters field from the entire hemisphere preceding the First Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development.

  • Agenda

  • List of participants

  • Report




 Opening Session


Introduction to the Inter-American Network for Disaster Mitigation (INDM), Pablo Gonzalez, Principal Specialist, Natural Disaster Risk Reduction, OAS, Department of Sustainable Development


Global and Hemispheric Frameworks


Hyogo Framework for Action, Ruth Custode, ISDR Unit for LAC


Inter-American Committee for Natural Disaster Reduction, Pedro Bastidas Senior Specialist, Natural Disaster Risk Reduction, OAS, Department of Sustainable Development


Information and documentation centers, use of computer-based technology, and information and communication tools (ICTs) and Networks

  • Kari Keipi, BID, Country Case Study on the experience of the IADB Disaster Network. General presentation

             Ecuador Experience


Preparedness, contingency planning and humanitarian assistance


Vulnerability Reduction and Risk Management



Photos: Participants.