21.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Expert Group Meeting on Development of Training Modules for Standards Operational Procedures Policy Support and Tsunami Exercises Guideline, held in Jakarta 13 – 16 May 2013

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The meeting was organized by Disaster Risk Reduction and Tsunami Information Unit (DRR TIU) UNESCO and Intergovernmental Coordination Group for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System Secretariat (ICG/IOWTS).

The meeting was held as part of an activity under the project entitled “Enhancing Tsunami Risk Assessment and Management, Strengthening Policy Support and Developing Guidelines for Tsunami Exercises in Indian Ocean” funded under the UNESCAP Multi Donor Trust Fund on Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. One of the project components is to strengthen policy support, SOP and guidelines for tsunami exercises for the Indian Ocean Member States, in particular Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Timor Leste. The objective of the expert meeting was to develop modules for training workshops for government officials, training of trainers and local communities particularly in Bangladesh, Myanmar and Timor Leste. The modules was based on, but not limited to, IOC Manuals and Guides Series No. 52: “Tsunami Risk Assessment and Mitigation for the Indian Ocean”, and No.58: “How to Plan, Conduct and Evaluate Tsunami Exercises”.

Experts representing researchers, scientists, government representatives and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) specialists from Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and New Zealand participated in the meeting. The meeting gave the experts to share their knowledge and expertise as well as provide significant contributions and lessons learned from their countries for the development of training modules for Policy Support and Tsunami Exercises Guideline.

At the first day, the experts shared experiences and lessons learned on policies, programmes and activities related to tsunami exercise. Discussions focused on aligning understanding and perceptions of tsunami exercise and identifying issues and gaps within the various countries’ policies and implementation on tsunami exercises. The session reviewed the effectiveness of current policies and recommended improvement to ensure supports for tsunami exercises. The second and third day, the meeting focused on developing the structure for the training modules as well as reviewing the stock taking tools and questionnaire. The last day of the meeting, the experts discussed the training plan schedule and the overall work plan for the project which is expected to finish on July 2014. The meeting resulted with two training module structure to be implemented in two separate training/workshops in the three pilot countries.

The first training/workshop will focus on the importance, aspects to be considered, and how to develop policy supports to have a sustainable tsunami exercise programme in a country. The second training/workshop focuses on how to plan and implement tsunami exercises. The project expects the three countries to utilize the training/workshop for them to prepare and actively participate in the Indian Ocean Wave Exercise in 2014.

For more information, please contact Mr. Tony Elliott (t.elliott@unesco.org) and/or Ardito M. Kodijat (a.kodijat@unesco.org).

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