UNESCO launches sub-regional contest: Students respond to tsunamis
The contest will reward educational, scientific and dissemination projects on tsunami risk reduction designed by students from coastal schools in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The best projects will be selected to receive funding for implementation (maximum 3 per country). The students will be invited to participate in the regional meeting “Students respond to tsunamis” in Bogota, Columbia.
This activity is organized by the project ‘Strengthening of the Regional Tsunami Early Warning System: preparations in Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru’, which is part of the Seventh Plan of Action for South America of the Disaster Preparedness Program (DIPECHO VII) of the European Community Humanitarian Office Directorate General (DG-ECHO). This project is being implemented by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO-IOC), together with the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago), the Permanent Commission for the South Pacific (CPPS) and the UNESCO Offices in Lima and Quito in order to support governments in reducing the vulnerability of coastal regions when faced with a tsunami.