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Nov 22, 2021

Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning System Training

Type: Training
Location: Nairobi
Start Date: 22 Nov, 2021 09:00 AM
End Date: 24 Nov, 2021 04:00 PM
Timezone: GMT+03:00 Africa/Nairobi

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), the African Union Commission (AUC), ACMAD, IGAD and CIMA Research Foundation organized a 4 days training school on DRR matter. The training was dedicated to staff of IGAD Members States from three main institutions: Disaster Risk Management Authorities, Meteorological Services and Hydrological Services. It is also extended to experts from Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique.

This is the first edition of the training school held in Nairobi from the 22nd to 25th of November 2021. Additional sessions of the training programme will be held at the AUC, CIMA research Foundation, and other RECs. The proposed training will be combined with additional training on the job that will take place, on rotational base in regional and continental organizations participating in the network.

These trainings will help the trainees in understanding the current state of the art for the exchange of data and information for the generation of impact-based EWS for early action and transboundary risk management; improve the related capacities of national of National organizations of implementing effective early warning and early action systems in cooperation with AMHEWAS for DRR and IGAD Disaster Operation Centre- Situation Room. This is in line with the “Build Resilience to Natural Hazards in sub-Saharan Region Countries and Communities” initiative supported by the Italian government (3 million euros).

The just concluded training had the following objectives. To ensure African institutions have;

  • Increased awareness and understanding of the Legal and institutional frameworks for Early Warning System Framework validated on 22th of October by Member States in Nairobi;
  • Improved understanding of the technical tools offered by the AMHEWS for DRR, and in particular to the IGAD Disaster Operations Centre-Situation Room to access, exchange and analyze relevant DRR data and information along with its Standard operating Procedures.
  • Improved understanding of risk assessment and mapping for Early Warnings and Early Action, including risk components -hazard, exposure and vulnerability.
  • Increased awareness of the Africa Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Action system, and in particular IGAD Disaster Operations Centre-Situation Room, on the products generated and the Standard Operating Procedure.
  • Increased awareness of the way forward in the implementation of the road map for the establishment of the continental impact-based EWS for early action and transboundary risk management, along with modalities for effective engagement of stakeholders.