Strengthening Tsunami Early Warning System (TEWS) in Pakistan

Project Theme Natural Sciences
Project Title Strengthening Tsunami Early Warning System in Pakistan (TEWS)
Duration November 2008 - December 2009
Total Project Budget USD 396,727.00
UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission CIK: USD 108,640.00
Funding Sources International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Implementing Partners - Pakistan Metrological Department
- National Disaster Management
  Authority and Sindh Provincial Disaster
  Management Authority
- Pakistan Navy-Hydrography
- Karachi, Gwadar and Ormara
  Port Trusts
Location Islamabad/ Karachi/ Gwadar/ Ormara
Project Officer Arslan Zaidi
Contact (email) r.shah@unesco.org
Pakistan's coastal zone is at constant risk of Tsunamis generated by earthquakes in the near-by Makran subduction zone. As is the case in many developing countries, there has been inadequate attention from the Government of Pakistan towards preparedness and mitigation of disaster risk management. Pakistan Metrological Department is mandated to act as National Tsunami Warning Centre, but has lacks the human and technical capacity to serve this purpose.

UNESCO's STEW project is aimed at assisting the Government of Pakistan in strengthening its national warning capacity for Tsunami and other ocean-related hazards. It also encompasses associated preparedness for mitigating the disaster risks of the most vulnerable coastal areas of Pakistan.

UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission is playing an important role in the formulation of end-to-end Tsunami Early Warning SOPs through stakeholder workshops. Pakistan Meteorological Department's capacity is also being enhanced, with the provision of hardware for SeisComp3, which helps in swift determining of the location and magnitude of earthquakes.

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