16.08.2017 - UNESCO Office in Apia

Ensuring a robust and reliable tsunami warning and mitigation system for the PICT region.

IOC UNESCO ICG-PTWS Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation for the PICT's region.

The main purpose of the Working Group is to improve tsunami warning and mitigation services and information sharing for the PICT’s.

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC)- Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems (PTWS) Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation for the Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICT’s) has successfully completed its 5th regional meeting that was held in Honiara, Solomon Islands from the 7th to the 9th of August.

The meeting which was attended by close to 30 representatives from Pacific countries and invited experts and observers, was the opportunity for tsunami warning and mitigation focal points to share the progress of national efforts to ensure effective and reliable tsunami warning and mitigation services for their countries.

 The meeting allowed the participants to review tsunami detection, warning and response capabilities of the PICT's and tsunami mitigation activities in the region. This meeting was also very important for the Working Group to discuss their priorities and future actions.

Mr Rajendra Prasad, the National Programme Officer of the IOC-UNESCO acknowledges the participation and support of the Working Group towards preparing their communities to be tsunami ready and safe through warning systems and mitigation activities as well as their contributions to the work of the Intergovernmental Coordinating Group for Pacific Tsunami Warning Systems (ICG-PTWS) in the PICT region.   

The two-day meeting was supported by the Solomon Islands Government, UNESCO-IOC, Oceania Regional Seismic Network (ORSNET) project and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

The Director and UNESCO Representative to the Pacific States thanked the Government of Solomon Islands, SPREP and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), for facilitating and coordinating these three meetings with the 4th Meeting of the Pacific Meteorological Council (PMC-4) and 2nd Ministerial Meeting on Meteorology which is also held in Honiara on 14–18 August 2017.

She stated that this demonstrates a spirit of partnership and goodwill among the three organizations. Speaking of the three IOC-UNESCO meetings, she said these are intended to allow for cooperation and coordination of different aspects related to disaster risk reduction with a particular aim to reduce the risk of loss of life by tsunami events.

The meeting is the first of the three meetings being organised over a two-week period by the IOC-UNESCO, WMO and SPREP.  The other two meetings include following this first meeting includes the 5th Meeting of the Pacific Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (PTWS) Working Group 2 Task Team on Seismic Data Sharing in the Pacific Island Countries and Territories on 9 August 2017, and a closed meeting on the Oceania Regional Seismic Network (ORSNET) on 10 August, 2017.

 The following PICTs are currently IOC Members: Australia, Cooks Islands, Fiji, France (French Polynesia, New Caledonia), Kiribati, New Zealand, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, United States of America and Vanuatu.

 

 




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