The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 recognizes the importance of multi-hazard early-warning systems (MHEWS) in supporting disaster risk reduction efforts. It includes commitments to investing in and strengthening people-centred MHEWS, disaster risk communication mechanisms and hazard-monitoring telecommunications systems – emphasizing a participatory and gender-inclusive approach.
Specifically, Target G of the Sendai Framework aims to “substantially increase the availability of and access to multi-hazard early-warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments to the people by 2030”.
In the context of the midterm review of the Sendai Framework, this report aims to support governments and other local and international partners across the Asia-Pacific region in developing inclusive and accessible MHEWS by drawing on lessons from the success of a number of women-led and disability-inclusive MHEWS established in the Pacific Region, in particular:
- Fiji Women’s Weather Watch
- Vanuatu’s Women Wetem Weta
- Papua New Guinea’s Meri Got Infomesen
- Fiji Disabled People’s Federation Emergency Operations Centre.