“This workshop came along at the right time”

Expert on mission Clayton Covel readies a drone to collect a water sample from the crater of Santa Ana. Photo: WFP/Katarzyna Chojnacka


Eduardo Gutiérrez works for the volcanic monitoring agency in El Salvador, a country with 23 volcanoes, six of which are active. Last Saturday, the participants and training team hiked to the top of Santa Ana volcano to take a water sample from the crater, which can be used to track seismic activity. This usually requires a team of firefighters to descend into the crater — a high-risk mission into poisonous water and gases that is scheduled every couple of years.

Read the full story here written by Tej Rae, who covered the first-ever Regional WFP Drone Workshop in Central America during June 2019.