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Multinational Andean Project: Geoscience for Andean Communities


2002 to 2009


The Multinational Andean Project: Geoscience for Andean Communities was a multi-million dollar international cooperation project executed by NRCan's ESS and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

The geological surveys of the seven (7) participating South American countries worked with communities and various related agencies to make tools and information available for informed decision making in land use planning and emergency management. This in turn strengthened communities and made them more resilient to natural hazards allowing these geological surveys to become increasingly aware and responsive to the needs of decision makers in the development of geoscience information on natural hazards.

Outcomes at the community level have been promising and consist of: changes in land zoning, park creation, hazard event simulations, emergency plans, increased public awareness of local hazards and appropriate response, and hazard curricula integrated into regional education.



  • Earth Sciences Sector (ESS), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)
  • Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • Geological and Mining Survey of Argentina (SEGEMAR)
  • Geological and Technical Mining Survey of Bolivia (SERGEOTECMIN)
  • Institute of Geology and Mining of Colombia (INGEOMINAS)
  • National Geological and Mining Survey of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN)
  • Geological Survey of Ecuador (DINAGE)
  • Institute of Mining Geology and Metallurgy of Peru (INGEMMET)
  • Institute of Geology and Mining of Venezuela (INGEOMIN)
  • And over 150 academic/NGO/private sector and other governmental organizations

Evacuation exercise in Llojeta, Bolivia

Project Realizations

  • Increase regional cooperation among Andean national geoscience agencies.
  • Increase institutional cooperation and knowledge within each country in the application of geohazard and geospatial information for decision-making in targeted communities.
  • Enhance the capacity of the participating national geoscience agencies to collect and interpret geohazard and geospatial information.
  • Enhance natural hazard information management.
  • The partiicpating Agencies presently work directly with other agencies and communities at risk to provide geoscientific knowledge to reduce the vulnerability of populations.
  • The creation and dissemination of Geoscientific guidelines, inventories, databases and standards that guide the South American scientists in their work as they collect, interpret and produce hazard information for decision makers.


France Morin, Senior Advisor

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