Humanitarian OSM Team/Open Mapping Hub - Latin America and The Caribbean/Activations/2024 Belize Wildfires Response

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Background
Logo. 2024 Belize Wildfires Response
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Description
High temperatures and low rainfall spurred on a vicious fire season in Central America through May 2024.
Coordination:

Open Mapping Hub Lating America

Partners:

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA)

Hashtag: #belizefires24

Campaign:

Belize Wildfire Campaign on Tasking Manager

Time-frame:

June 2024 - TBC
Data

HDX for HOT in Belize (data refreshed every 6 hrs)

Progress & Changes

Tasking Manager project stats

Context of the Activation

Belize is grappling with unprecedented wildfires that have destroyed over 10,000 hectares of agricultural land, affected more than 200 families, and caused over eight million US dollars in damages. The fires, fueled by extreme drought and rising temperatures, have devastated wildlife habitats and threatened communities, particularly in the Cayo and Toledo Districts. The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) reported severe impacts in villages like San Pedro Columbia and Crique Jute. In response, the Open Mapping Hub in Latin America and the Caribbean has launched efforts to support recovery, working with local partners to assess data needs and enhance future preparedness.

Contacts

Hashtag

All contributions through HOT's Tasking Manager are tracked with a unique change set comment tag: #belizefires24

Timeline

  • Start: June 4, 2024
  • End: To be defined

Remote Mapping Coordination

  • Source data for task location in populated places:
  • List of active projects in the Tasking Manager: 2024 Belize Wildfire
  • Leaderboard for tracking general editing statistics:

Dashboard to Track General Editing Statistics

Map and Data Services

Exporting OpenStreetMap data

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About This Disaster Activation

About HOT

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To learn more about the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT), explore more of our wiki-pages (root: HOT) or our website hotosm.org. HOT is a global community, mostly of volunteers, and it is a US registered nonprofit able to contract with organizations (email info at hotosm.org to contact our staff), we are also a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

History of this Activation

OSM Community Activation

June 4, 2024 - In 2024, Belize faced unprecedented wildfires that swept through vast areas, causing significant environmental and social impacts. The fires, fueled by extreme drought conditions and rising temperatures attributed to climate change, devastated wildlife habitats and threatened communities. Over 200 families have been affected, with more than 10,000 hectares of agricultural land destroyed, leading to the destruction of approximately 200 homes and estimated losses exceeding eight million US dollars. The full extent of the impact on agriculture remains unassessed due to continuous wildfires and prevailing dry weather conditions.

Severe wildfires have impacted the Cayo and Toledo Districts, exacerbated by human activity, lightning strikes, and extremely hot and dry weather conditions, resulting in low and dried-up rivers, creeks, ponds, wells, and swamps. Initial damage assessment by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has highlighted the destruction in the Toledo District, particularly in the villages of San Pedro Columbia, Crique Jute, and Na Luum Ca.

The Ministry of Infrastructure Development and Housing is monitoring and maintaining critical infrastructure, while four residential homes have been burnt, and water sources are critically low. Approximately 32,000 acres of primary and secondary forested areas in major watershed areas of the Mountain Pine Ridge and Colombia forest reserves have been destroyed, with fires continuing to burn out of control.

In response, the Open Mapping Hub in Latin America and the Caribbean has launched an activation to support response efforts, working with local partners to identify and prioritize data needs for recovery and future preparedness.

Coordination Lead(s)

Data Quality

Validation

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OSMCha

A specific OSMCha filter can be used to detect data quality issues across a wider area.

Overpass Turbo

A specific Overpass Turbo query can be used to check the data quality regularly. Open it in JOSM and run validation (Shift+V).

For Mappers

How You Can Contribute

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Mapping Priority

  • Please choose from highest priority first,
  • Experienced mappers are also asked to participate in validating completed tasks. Information on validating can be found here:
Tasking Manager Projects
Project Priority Name What to map Imagery Source Task Mapping Status % Task Validation Status %
#16929 Urgent BELIZE - CAYO AND TOLEDO DISTRICT (3) WILDFIRE2024 Buildings ESRI World Imagery Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
#16920 Urgent BELIZE - CAYO AND TOLEDO DISTRICT (2) WILDFIRE2024 Buildings ESRI World Imagery Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
#16914 Urgent BELIZE - CAYO AND TOLEDO DISTRICT (1) WILDFIRE2024 Buildings ESRI World Imagery Complete (100%) Complete (100%)
MapRoulette Projects
Project Priority Name Task Mapping Status % Task Validation Status %
#48328 High HOT 2024 Belize Wildfire - Farms identification in Belize 1% (in process) 0% (not completed)

Community Mapathons

Community Mapathons
Date Time Lead Community Country Location/ Meeting Link/ Registration Link Type Status Notes Social Media Post

Available Imagery

Project-Specific Mapping Notes

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