Establishing low cost, less technology and resource intensive and community oriented EWS

Rapid field assessment to establish low cost, less technology and resource intensive and community oriented EWS

Client: UNDP

Country: Nepal

Dates: December 2011- May 2013

Lead office:  PAC South Asia

Description of Project:

The rapid assessment and installation of community-based EWS for the downstream communities will build on past experiences and through consultation with local communities, establish a low cost, less technology and resource intensive community oriented EWS. PAC was engaged to establish community-based EWS and build capacity of communities to respond effectively to various hydro-meteorological hazards in the downstream areas of Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake site. The outputs from this project will include i) Details of a community-based early warning system (CBEWS) installation plan ready to use in communities downstream of the Tsho Rolpa Glacier flood site ii) a training manual on EWS to facilitate scaling-up of efforts in other areas, iii) training of trainers on various aspects of CBEWS to build institutional capacity, iv) an operational manual will be developed through field assessments and a consultative process. Testing of the EWS and two mock drill exercises will be conducted and linkages between communities, district stakeholders, the District Emergency Operations Centre, and the National Emergency Operations Centre will be established and strengthened.

Work carried out by PAC team:

PAC South Asia coordinated the Dolakha district rapid field assessment for scoping of suitable community oriented EWS mechanism, design the training manual for its operation and maintenance and provide training for community members especially members of EWS Action Team. PAC also contributed in to handover to EWS action team with community user guidelines/manuals, carry out testing of the equipment’s and conduct mock drills in coordination with the local implementation partner of EWS and establish communication linkages between community, district stakeholders, District emergency operations centre, and national emergency operations centre

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