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Training Workshop on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS) with focus on Institutional Partnerships and Cooperation

22-25 March 2010, San Jose, Costa Rica

Last update 31 May 2010

Workshop Documents

Final Report (English)


Group Picture



List of Documents

Doc 1

MHEWS Workshop Brochure

Doc 2a

Agenda of the MHEWS Workshop (March 22 - 25)

Doc 2b

Agenda of the Coordination meeting with international and regional donors and partners (March 26)

Doc 3

MHEWS Workshop Discussion Topics

Doc 4

Instructions for the Trainers

Doc 5a

Instructions for the Working Groups at MHEWS Workshop

Doc 5b

Questionnaire for the Working Groups at MHEWS Workshop

Doc 6

Template for Initiatives and Project Documentation
Presentations of the Sessions

Session 1

Opening and introduction
Background and objectives by Dr Maryam Golnaraghi pdf
Ten Guiding Principal of Effective Early Warning Systems (in English, French and Spanish) pdf

Session 2

Presentations of good practices in multi-hazard early warning systems
Early Warning System For Tropical Cyclones in the Republic of Cuba
By Mr Miguel Angel Puig Gonzalez - National Civil Defense, Dr Tomas Gutierrez Perez and Dr José Rubiera Torres - Instituto de Meteorologia

The Vigilance system in France , (continental and overseas)
By Mr Jean-Noel Degrace - Dirrection Interrégional Antilles - Guyane, Météo-France / Martinique

Multi-Hazard Early Warning System in Italy

Dr Paola Pagliara - Italian Civil Protection


Dr Sergio Pasquini - Italian Meteorological Service

Shanghai Multi-Hazard Early Warning system

Overview of Shanghai Multi-hazard Early Warning system and the role of Meteorological Services by Mr Haizhen Mu – Deputy Director, Shanghai Meteorological Bureau, China Meteorological Administration


Bacterial Food Poisoning (BFP) Forecasting and Early Warning System Based on Meteorological Factors of Shanghai by Mr Lei Zhang – Deputy Director, Shanghai Food and Drug Administration

Multi-Hazard Early Warning System in the United States of America
Mr. Nick Crossly – Director of County Emergency Management and Homeland Security and President of the International Association of Emergency Managers Mr. Lynn P Maximuk, Director, NOAA National Weather Service Central Region
Mr H James Keeney, Regional Warning Coordination Meteorologist, NOAA National Weather Service, Central Region Headquarters

Session 3

Regional Initiatives in Disaster Risk Reduction and Early Warning Systems

Panel 1

Discussion on National Disaster Risk reduction platforms and regional coordination mechanisms in Central America and the Caribbean
Sistematización Y Sostenibilidad – En El Marco De La Política Centroamericana De Gestión Integral Del Riesgo - PCGIR by
Mr Ivan Morales, Executive Secretary, CEPREDENAC
Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) by Ms Andria Grosvenor, Technical Manager, Preparedness and Country Support, CDEMA pdf
The Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas by
Mr Pablo Gonzalez, Chief of Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation Section, OAS
Taller de Entrenamiento en SAT Multiamenazas con énfasis en Sociedades Institucionales y Coordinación by Mr. Julio Garcia, Regional Office for the Americans, UN-ISDR pdf

Panel 2

Discussion on Risk Assessment and the Central America Probabilistic Risk Assessment Programme (CAPRA) and Global Risk identification programme (GRIP)
Información asociada a huracanes históricos: Potencial aplicación al sistema CAPRA en Costa Rica by Dr. Eric Alfaro, Professor, Center for Geophysical Studies, University of Costa Rica pdf
Programa Global de Identificación del Riesgo by Dr. Carlos Villacis, Global Risk Identification Program Coordinator, UNDP pdf
Central American Probabilistic Risk Assessment by Ing. Benjamín Huerta, Risk Management expert, ERN, Mexico pdf

Panel 3

Discussion on Technical Capacity Development in Early Warning Systems
WMO technical capacity development for meteorological, hydrological and climate-related hazards – Ms. Haleh Kootval (WMO) pdf
Severe Weather Forecasting Demonstration Project (SWFDP): Lessons learnt, Opportunities for the future by Peter Chen pdf
Tsunamis and Coastal Hazards Warning System for the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions (ICG Caribe EWS) by Ms Judy Thomas, Inter-governmental Coordination Group for Tsunami Warning System (UNESCO-IOC) pdf
WMO RA IV Hurricane Committee and Early Warnings in RA IV by
Dr José Rubiera-Torres
Development of Meteorological Services in the Caribbean – Caribbean Meteorological Organization by Dr David Farrel pdf
Building up sustainable Regional Information Systems for Climate Risk Management by Ms. Abigail Alvarado, CIIFEN pdf

Panel 4

Discussion on Early Warning Systems and link to humanitarian contingency planning and assistance
SAT y Planes de Contingencia by Nelson Castaño, Coordinator of Disaster Risk Management for the Americas, IFRC pdf
Early Warning Systems and link to humanitarian contingency planning and assistance by Mr. Elbyn Ramirez, Manager of SATCA Project, WFP pdf
The Link of EWS to Humanitarian Contingency Planning and Assistance: the Eastern Caribbean Donor Group for Disaster Management by Mr Ian King, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, UNDP Barbados and the OECS pdf

Session 5

Outcomes of the working groups
Working Group A pdf
Working Group B pdf
Working Group C pdf
Overall oucomes of Working Groups A, B, C pdf

Session on Haiti

Coordination for rainy and hurricane season 2010 and long term Multi-hazard EWS development
Soutien d’urgence de MétéoFrance au Centre National Météorologique d’Haïti by Jean-Noel Degrace pdf
Urgent assistance for Haïti
by Peter Chen
Mise à jour sur les efforts du Canada – Services météo
byAbdoulaye Harou
Administrative and Logistical Information

Inf 1

Information Note for Participants (Hotel, Transport, Insurance, etc)
Reference Documents
Report of the Second Experts' Symposium on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS II) (May 2009)
Report of the First Experts’ Symposium on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems (MHEWS-I) (May 2006)
Third International Conference on Early Warning (EWC-III), March 2006
Second International Conference on Early Warning (EWC-II), October 2003
International Conference on Early Warning Systems for Natural Disaster Reduction (EWC-I), September 1998
Global Survey of Early Warning Systems: An assessment of capacities, gaps and opportunities toward building a comprehensive global early warning system for all natural hazard (Third International Early Warning Conference, March 2006)
Hyogo Framework for Action: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (World Conference on Disaster Reduction), January 2005





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