Papua New Guinea: assessment of early warning systems for flooding

Papua New Guinea: assessment of early warning systems for flooding

The establishment of an ‘Early Warning System’ is included as a principal theme in the PNG framework for action (2005-2015), by the National Disaster Centre. The global objective is to assess the ‘Early Warning Systems’ (EWS) for inland and coastal flooding in Papua New Guinea. Special attention is given to five selected pilot provinces; East Sepik, Madang, Morobe and Northern and New Ireland.

The methodology for assessing the EWS status and functionality is based on the Resilience Checker concept (Freeman/Antea Group), and the ISDR Checklist for the Development of Early Warning Systems. The Resilience Checker facilitates a structured scan of the key aspects of flood risk management in a certain area. Subsequently recommendations for improving and/or establishing new systems and procedures will be proposed in a national stakeholder’s workshop.

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