Fostering Tsunami Preparedness, Response and Mitigation in the Indian Ocean Small Island Developing States and African Coast Countries

Training Workshop Photo Courtesy of UNESCO IOTIC

The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is leading a global effort to establish ocean-based tsunami warning systems as part of an overall multi-hazard disaster reduction strategy. With strong collaboration with Member States, other UN agencies and NGOs, the IOC Tsunami Unit is supporting the countries in assessing tsunami risk, implementing Tsunami Early Warning Systems (TEWS) and in educating communities at risk about preparedness measures. It operates through Regional Tsunami Warning Systems in all basins where SIDS are present. These regional warning systems are in operations in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, North East Atlantic/Mediterranean and Pacific.

Through strong scientific basis research and expertise that are applied in this project, as well as adaptation to the local context, the benefiting countries would be able to develop their Tsunami Disaster Management Plan (TDMP), transfer their knowledge to their people and to other SIDS and African Coast Countries that share similarities on their social, economic and demographic conditions.

The output from the project will provide a clear guideline for the relevant stakeholders of the Indian Ocean SIDS and the African coasts developing countries on end to end tsunami early warning system; Recommendation on how the country could and/or should foster their end to end TEWS and the knowledge and know-how for the country’s stakeholders of what they need to do to further develop, strengthen and sustain their end to end tsunami early warning system especially focusing on tsunami preparedness, response and mitigation.

There are three activities that will be implemented in this project, including: Indian Ocean end to end TEWS stock taking survey, Training/workshop on effective tsunami preparedness, response and mitigation (on the subjects Tsunami Risk Assessment, Tsunami Risk Reduction Policy and Action Plan, Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Early warning and Emergency Response, and Guideline for Tsunami Exercise).

Key Activities

The main achievements from the project can be summarised as follows:

  • Organized a Regional Training/Workshop on Coastal Hazard Assessment and Mitigation in Seychelles 7 – 11 March 2016 (This training was organized jointly with the support of UNESCO/IOC RP budget, ICG/IOTWMS secretariat, MFIT and the Government of Seychelles). The training was attended by 28 participants from 10 countries, (Comoros, Kenya, Le-Reunion, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, South Africa, and Tanzania).
  • Organized several National Training on Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Early Warning and Response 1) in Mauritius 2) Seychelles
  • Organized several National Pre-IOWave16 Training/Workshop on Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness and Standard Operating Procedures for Tsunami Warning and Emergency Response in Tanzania as well as in Mozambique.
  • Produced and published the Education and Awareness Materials in English, French, Malay, Portuguese and Swahili.


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