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Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning

Flash appeal project
Project overview plan
Key partners
Meetings on TEWS
Project Highlights
Archive of selected News
Key documents
OCHA Donor report
ICG/IOTWS-II Report (Hyderabad)
G8 Gleneagles, July 2005
WCDR Outcome documents Kobe, January 2005
What is tsunami?
In brief
Recent and historical tsunamis
Tsunami early warning system technique
Tsunami early warning systems
Key tsunami actors & organisations
Research projects
Further reading
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Building Resilience to Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean
In December 2006, a new UN/ISDR project “Building Resilience to Tsunamis in the Indian Ocean” was approved and contract was signed by the European Community. This three year initiative focuses particularly in India, Indonesia, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. It constitutes a continuation of the Tsunami Flash Appeal initiative at building the resilience of communities and nations to disasters by strengthening national and local institutions, mechanisms and capacities for disaster risk reduction. The project will be implemented through ISDR system partners and will be monitored from the UN/ISDR office for Asia and the Pacific with support from the ISDR headquarters in Geneva. PPEW provides technical support and guidance with respect to assessing and supporting the strengthening of end to end national early warning systems within a regional coherent approach.
Indian Ocean Consortium

Roundtable at the Third International Conference on Early Warning (EWC III) held in Bonn, 2006 (Photo: Ute Grabowsky)

A roundtable on Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Response Systems was convened by UNESCO/IOC and the ISDR secretariat on 27 March 2006 in the margins of EWC III in Bonn and in the presence of President Clinton, the UN’s Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. On the occasion of the roundtable, ISDR system partners formed a consortium to assist initially up to 10 governments with technical assistance to develop plans for an accelerated implementation of a national tsunami early warning system. The consortium partners include UNESCO/IOC, WMO, UNOCHA, IFRC, UNDP, UNEP, and the World Bank and being coordinated by PPEW, ISDR regional offices in Bangkok and Nairobi, and the ISDR secretariat in Geneva. By the ICG/IOTEWS III meeting in Bali, August 2006, eleven governments (Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Pakistan, Seychelles, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Thailand) have submitted official requests with detailed budgeted proposals to receive financial and technical assistance from the Indian Ocean. The Consortium partners have started direct dialogue with their national counterparts with respect to the needs and the resources available. UN/ISDR secretariat supports the mobilization of resources to address the needs and gaps raised by the 11 national plans submitted to the Consortium for accelerated implementation. It is envisioned the consortium partners will support the implementation of the national plan until December 2008. The latest update on the implementation has been reported at the ICG/IOTEWS IV meeting in Mombasa, 2007.
The report of the United Nations Tsumani Flash Appeal Project "Evaluation and Strengthening of Early Warning Systems in Countries Affected by the 26 December 2004 Tsunami" was compiled by the UN/ISDR Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning based on the final reports of the 16 direct implementing partners.
TEWIS online database
As part of the Tsunami early warning project, a comprehensive information system has been developed in the format of an online database that contains initiatives in various disciplines supported by the Evaluation and Strengthening of Early Warning Systems in countries affected by the 26 December 2004 Tsunami.

The online database is available for the public who wants to get information on ongoing activities and initiatives related to tsunami early warning system in Indian Ocean region. You can access TEWIS online database here.