Strengthening Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in Central America through the establishment of the USAR Regional Academy

Progetto concluso

More than 12 million people are living on the pacific coast of central America, an area that shows high levels of seismic hazards. Despite this fact, the countries of the region have failed to develop efficient structures for the search and rescue of affected people during a disaster. Some initiatives have been developed in previous years, on an individual basis, by some countries of the region. However, so far only Costa Rica has been able to consolidate and maintain a light-level USAR team. The other countries have so far reached different levels of development, but all of them on a lower level than Costa Rica. The Central American countries have however participated individually in important international USAR events, and most of them have sent USAR teams to Haiti, to help rescuing victims after the earthquake of January 2010. But they are working without common standards and without a proper regional coordination. For this reason, it is imperative that the region initiates a process to accelerate the establishment of a regional USAR long-term strategy. This strategy is intended to clearly serve as a guideline for the region, the countries, the concerned institutions and the donors. This project will improve the regional and national capacities in rapid response, mainly for those disasters linked to earthquakes. The project will also foster the development and implementation of the USAR regional strategy.

Paese/Regione Tema Periodo Budget
America centrale
Canbiamento climatico ed ambiente
Riduzione dei rischi di catastrofi
01.05.2012 - 30.09.2015
CHF  1’450’000
Direzione/Ufficio responsabile DSC
Credito Aiuto umanitario
Partner del progetto Partner contrattuale
Instituzione universitaria e di ricerca straniera
  • Research Organisation of South East

Budget Fase in corso Budget Svizzera CHF    1’450’000 Budget svizzero attualmente già speso CHF    1’451’920
Fasi del progetto

Fase 1 01.05.2012 - 30.09.2015   (Completed)