The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System 10 years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami: Achievements, Challenges, Remaining Gaps and Policy Perspectives
The 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami provides an opportunity to organize a high level policy conference to recognize the achievements made over the past decade, to highlight work that still needs to be done, and to seek re-commitment to continued investment in the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System.
The tragic tsunami of 24 December 2004 resulted in the loss of over 230,000 lives and the displacement of over 1.6 million people around the Indian Ocean, with estimated economic losses of $14 billion. The catastrophe brought renewed focus on the need for a regional tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean. Following the disaster, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO was given the mandate to develop and implement an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS). Following 8 years of international collaboration and development, the system became fully operational on 31 March 2013.
The conference, sponsored and organized by IOC-UNESCO and the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology for Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), will offer high level perspectives from invited speakers and panel discussions from decision makers and scientists. The conference will also provide input to the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (14-18 March 2015, Sendai, Japan).