17.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Apia

UNESCO-IOC to organise Regional Tsunami Workshop and South-West Pacific Working Group Meeting in Samoa

A regional Workshop on Effective Tsunami Disaster Reduction Implementation Progress in Pacific Island Countries (PICs) will be held in Apia, Samoa from 12 to 13 July 2012. This will be followed by the third meeting of the ICG/PTWS Regional Working Group on Tsunami Warning and Mitigation in the South-West Pacific Region to be held at the same venue on 14 July 2012.

The main objective of the Workshop is to update PICs on developments with regard to the Pacific Tsunami Warning & Mitigation System (PTWS), obtain feedback on proposed enhanced PTWS products and discuss actions with respect to the PTWS Implementation Plan particularly related to Tsunami Risk Assessment and Reduction, Tsunami Detection, Warning and Dissemination, and Tsunami Awareness and Response. The Workshop is targeted at representatives from National Disaster Management Offices (NDMOs) and Tsunami Warning Centres (TWCs) of PICs.


It was agreed to continue the Regional ICG/PTWS Working Group for South-West Pacific at the 24th Session of the Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) for the PTWS held in May 2011 in Beijing, China. The meeting is mandated, among other things, to review and evaluate capabilities of countries in the Southwest Pacific Region for providing end-to-end tsunami warning and mitigation services and make recommendations for improvements.  The Group is comprised of representatives from Member States and territories of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


The above events are being held just prior to the 14th Session of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Regional Association V (RA V) Tropical Cyclone Committee (TCC) for South Pacific and South-East Indian Ocean being held in Apia, Samoa from 16 to 20 July 2011. This is to enable National Meteorological Services (NMSs) which also have Tsunami responsibilities to participate in both the IOC and WMO events.

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