Early warning and the human factor - people-centered warning systems and awareness are key

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Christian H. BARTHELT, Thomas R. LOSTER

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Early warning and the human factor - people-centered warning systems and awareness are key

  1. 1. Early Warning and the Human FactorPeople-centered warning systems and awareness are keyChristian H. BartheltThomas R. LosterDate
  2. 2. Early Warning and the Human FactorPeople-centered warning systems and awareness are key1. Munich Re Foundation – Basic Data2. The Tonga RANET Warning System3. Mozambique flood warning system
  3. 3. Munich Re FoundationBasicsGoing public 7 April 2005Base capital € 50mAnnual project-budget € 1.5mProjects 2012 12Employees 6Central goals Turning knowledge into action Serve people at risk Improve living conditionsMunich Re Foundation Early Warning and the Human Factor: 28/08/2012 3 People-centered warning systems and awareness are key
  4. 4. Munich Re FoundationBasics Environmental and climate change Water: Resource Disaster and prevention risk factor Our Topics Population Urbanisation development and megacities PovertyMunich Re Foundation Early Warning and the Human Factor: 28/08/2012 4 People-centered warning systems and awareness are key
  5. 5. The Tonga RANET Warning System
  6. 6. The Tonga RANET Warning SystemStaying connected during severe weatherMunich Re Foundation Early Warning and the Human Factor: 28/08/2012 6 People-centered warning systems and awareness are key
  7. 7. Munich Re Foundation Kurztitel der Präsentation mit maximal zwei Zeilen Text in Arial Regular 12/14 28/08/2012 7
  8. 8. The Tonga RANET Warning SystemStaying connected during severe weather Top: Leala Lonae from the village of Poutasi, Samoa, lost relatives to the massive tidal wave. A total of 170 people died in Samoa and Tonga.Bottom: Helpers clear up the devastationleft behind by the tsunami. Niuatoputapu,in the north of Tonga, and the more distantHa’apai group were among the islands hit.Munich Re Foundation Early Warning and the Human Factor: 28/08/2012 8 People-centered warning systems and awareness are key
  9. 9. Mozambique flood warning system
  10. 10. Mozambique Flood Warning Project ModulesMunich Re Foundation Munich Re Foundation Kurztitel der Präsentation mit maximal zwei Zeilen Text in Arial Regular 12/14 28/08/201210 10
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  12. 12. Munich Re Foundation Kurztitel der Präsentation mit maximal zwei Zeilen Text in Arial Regular 12/14 28/08/2012 12
  13. 13. Mozambiqueflood warning system In 2011 additional disaster prevention committees, monitoring, transmission and receiver stations have been set up along the rivers Chire and Zambesi. Next steps: relocate the analysis and forecasting centre to the centre of the exposure zone to facilitate the coordination. The Chire system will be extended to the upper reaches of the river, and thus to hazard zones in Malawi. In the long term, the system will be expanded to encompass all of Mozambique.Munich Re Foundation 28/08/2012 13
  14. 14. Lessons learned The work in Mozambique demonstrates that even the poorest of countries can adapt to climate change. Disaster Risk Management has to take into account the needs and ideas of the people at risk. The early warning systems have been accepted by the people of Mozambique, because they were an integral part of the working process from the very beginning. Ownership of the systems have subsequently been handed over to the authorities. Seven local heads of district joined the early warning programme in 2011, a legislative initiative is planned to raise flood warning to a higher political level. Institutionalization is the key to long-term success. Successful bottom-up approaches needed to complement top-down frameworks.Munich Re Foundation Early Warning and the Human Factor: 28/08/2012 14 People-centered warning systems and awareness are key
  15. 15. Thank youVisit our website atwww.munichre-foundation.org

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