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Webinar on Early Warning Systems

December 8, we conducted the fourth and final webinar in the series of Disaster Risk Management webinars. The topic was An introduction to Early Warning Systems (EWS) and the Italian example, facilitated by consortium experts from CIMA Research Foundation.

Early Warning Systems are the very cornerstone of modern Civil Protection blueprints. An efficient coordination, communication and pre-activation of the Civil Protection system can minimize impacts of natural hazards. Climate change has drastically augmented the intensity and number of events and it has become mandatory that national authorities adapt and upgrade their forecasting, monitoring and response capacities by the means of scientific tools, models and efficient planning strategies.
The webinar guided participants to examine the international state of the art of Early Warning Systems, explaining its main components:
1. Disaster risk knowledge

2. Warning dissemination and communication

3. Detection, monitoring & forecasting 

4. Preparedness and response capabilities


Starting from the description and definition of its very basis (the WMO and UNDRR guidelines), the fundamentals were explained with practical examples and references. During the webinar, the Italian system was used as example depicting mistakes and subsequent solutions adopted over more than 40 years.

The aim of the webinar was to give the participants an understanding of Early Warning Systems international frameworks, knowledge of how to structur a Civil Protection System based on Impact Based Forecasts, knowledge of the development of a multihazard/multirisk logic and knowledge of an EU member state's (Italy) practices and experiences.


Discussion questions during the webinar:
- What have been key elements in the development of an efficient EWS in your country?
- How have institutionalized communication flows between instititions been developed in your country?
- How can the link between institutions and the population be strengthened, to reach the citizens in the case of an event?

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Practical Guidelines for integrating gender, human rights and environmental issues in Disaster Risk Management

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The Guidelines build upon global standards and best practices and present practical advice on how to integrate gender, human rights and environment into nine thematic areas of the programme. Examples of thematic areas include, training and exercises, Multi-Risk Assessments, Early Warning Systems, Public awareness, volunteerism and Host Nation Support. The document has been produced in collaboration with the PPRD East 3 programme experts and partner countries’ organisations to enhance the quality and relevance of the guidance. The Guidelines was produced as an interactive online resource and is available in English and Russian.

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