On December 15, Workshop of 2020 Global Multi-Hazard Alert System in Asia (GMAS-A) was held online.The theme of this event is the challenges and opportunities confronted by elevating the early warning capacity in Asia. During the conference, experts from many countries have reached the consensus that emerging risks are not confined to a certain country. Cross-nation and cross-sector cooperation should be reinforced in terms of management mechanism and technological innovation, data sharing and coordination, to promote disaster preparedness, response to climate change, and joint endeavor to tackle emerging risks.
Sanjay K Srivastava, Chief of Disaster Risk Reduction of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) expressed that GMAS-A could provide support for multi-department cooperation and hoped that all parties would expand scope of cooperation, consolidate platform application and technical exchanges, and set up “big family of disaster reduction” based on CAP pattern and cooperation. Mr Gerald Potutan, Senior Researcher from Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) held the view that coping with multi-hazard risk needed to take into account social and economic environmental factors. Execution of dynamic disaster condition pre-assessment and assessment called for more effective and reliable infrastructures and early warning system.
Experts from meteorological departments from Indonesia, Japan, Turkistan, Myanmar, Thailand, and China briefed on weather and climate conditions in their respective countries, and early warning information, and proposed the establishment of online coordination mechanism of members online. They also suggested ways to deepen experience exchanges such as workshops and training courses, and cross-sector programmes under the framework of World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to further elevate the early warning capacity in Asia.
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