Training on early warning system for flood and wildland fire

The UNDP Disaster Risk Management Unit (DRM) at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers organized a three days training course, on Early Warning System (EWS) for flood and wildland fire, at the Grand Serail of Beirut from 11-13 July 2016.

The main purpose of the training was to support the National Council for Scientific Research (CNRS) and several other relevant Lebanese institutions in the use, management, and further development of Early warning Systems for floods, flash floods and forest fires.

The training course was conducted by experts from the Centre for Research in Environmental Monitoring (CIMA). These experts introduced the participants to the latest technologies and know how in the field of hazard forecasting, and the dissemination of early warning information to different stakeholders.

The trainers evaluated the performance of the current EWS implementation in Lebanon, they also provided scientific background to the CNRS technicians on the forecasting tools used in the EWS. Furthermore, participants and trainers worked on identifying gaps, listing requirements as well as brainstorming new ideas for possible improvements of the use of EWS in the country.

During the opening session, the Secretary General of the Higher Council of Defense and Chairperson of the National Disaster and Crisis Response Committee Major General Muhammed Kheir welcomed the participants. He further explained that floods and wildfires are the most common natural hazards that affected Lebanon during the recent years, causing dire consequences on its nature wealth and infrastructure. He added that by supporting CNRS and other Lebanese institutions in using, managing and developing early warning systems for flood and forest fire we will be decreasing risk and preventing such losses.

The Major General hoped that the expertise provided by this workshop, would be integrated in the work of the concerned agencies in order to strengthen and build up Lebanon’s capacities for disaster risk reduction. Finally, he thanked the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) the European Union, the German embassy, the Kuwaiti Fund, the Lebanese Recovery Fund, and the Government of Netherland for the support to the Lebanese Government and the “Strengthening disaster risk management capacities in Lebanon” project. He also praised the UNDP’s continuous support to the Lebanese government highlighting the role of the UNDP DRM unit in helping the government achieve important milestones in building up Lebanon’s resilience.

Source: National News Agency

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