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 Room D, 13:00 - 15:00


Tsunami Early Warning Strengthening Project in the Indian Ocean
Partnership for Building Resilience to Tsunamis

Recognizing the urgency to mobilize efforts and resources towards establishing an early warning system for the Indian Ocean region, a multi-partner, multi-donor initiative “Evaluation and Strengthening of Early Warning Systems in countries affected by the 26 December 2004 Tsunami” was launched in early 2005 with funding through the UN Flash Appeal for the Indian Ocean. The initiative has provided an overall integrated framework for strengthening early warning systems in the Indian Ocean, and has been focusing on key components that include core system implementation, integrated risk management, public awareness and education, community-based approaches, and coordination and partnership building.

During the 3rd International Conference on Early Warning (EWC III), a side-event on tsunami early warning is organized to brief participants on progress towards strengthening tsunami early warning systems in the Indian Ocean, and offer an opportunity to exchange information and experience across partners with regard to implementation of activities and delivery of results at the regional, national, and local levels. Participants will also discuss the future prospects for cooperation and partnership towards building resilience to tsunamis in the Indian Ocean region.

The tsunami workshop will take place on Tuesday, 28th March, 2006 from 14:00 to 15:00 in the EWC III conference venue, Room G/F. The following agenda is proposed:

14:00 Tsunami early warning project "Past - Present - Future", Reid Basher, UN/ISDR – Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning

14:05  Tsunami hot spots and risk assessment, Professor Fumihiko Imamura, Tohoku University, Japan

14:10 Regional tsunami warning systems and intergovernmental process, Ulrich Wolf, UNESCO-IOC

14:15  National and local tsunami early warning systems, Juan Carlos Villagrán, UNU-IEHS with Sri Lanka Deputy Director of the Meteorological Department & Director of Geological Survey Department

14:25 Open forum for comments and discussion