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Platform for the Promotion of Early Warning


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Evaluation and strengthening of early warning systems in countries affected by the
26 December 2004 tsunami

Following the devastating Tsunami disaster on 26 December 2004, the international community has concerted efforts to address the humanitarian, recovery and development needs of the countries and population affected. Recognizing the urgency to mobilize efforts and resources towards establishing an early warning system for the Indian Ocean region, UN/ISDR in coordination with UNESCO-IOC developed the tsunami early warning system initiative.

The tsunami early warning initiative intends to provide the initial preparatory steps and coordination mechanisms towards the establishment of a comprehensive early warning system for the region. The initiative is set-up under the UN Tsunami Flash Appeal with contributions totaling US$ 11 million received from the European Commission, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway, and Sweden and a pledge from the Netherlands. More on the project overview plan

This initiative is expected to contribute to the improvement of public confidence and security, the national capacity-building for response and emergency planning, the production and flow of information products, and the strengthening of regional and national coordination mechanisms to implement a comprehensive Tsunami early warning system in the Indian Ocean region. Activities are implemented in partnership with several UN agencies, NGOs, and research institutes. For more information visit the Project Partners list.