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RIMES Conference
Jul 31, 2015

2nd Ministerial conference of Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) was recently organized in New Delhi. A Master Plan 2016-2020 was adopted RIMES during the 2nd RIMES Ministerial Conference.  The Master Plan details country-specific capacity building priorities of RIMES member and collaborating states for user-centered multi-hazard risk-based early warning, and for maximizing opportunities associated with climate.

Key Points

  • India launched an integrated ocean information services and level 3 country specific Tsunami warning services for Sri Lanka and Seychelles Ministerial conference. 

  • This Tsunami early warning service system was developed by ESSO-INCOIS in collaboration with RIMES. Such a service to Maldives has already been operationalized. 

  • RIMES was established on 30 April 2009 to provide user-relevant early warning services to its Member States and others. 

  • It is governed by a Council, composed of heads of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) presently chaired by India. 

  • Council decisions are carried out by the RIMES Secretariat, which is currently Maldives. RIMES programmes and projects are implemented by the Program Unit, which also operates and manages the regional early warning facility, located near Bangkok, Thailand. 

  • The RIMES Council established a Ministerial Consortium for obtaining highest-level political endorsement and guidance for mobilizing resources to fund Master Plan implementation and RIMES delivery of core services. 

  • The Ministerial Consortium comprises of Ministers that have purview of the NMHS or national scientific and technical agency that generate multi-hazard early warning information in RIMES Member States.

  • RIMES Consortium of Ministers first met in New Delhi in June 2012 and the present Ministerial meeting was the Second. 

  • 23 countries were represented in the conference today, with participation of Ministers and Ambassadors, and Senior Officials. The nations represented were Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Comoros, India, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. 

India said, the 2004 Tsunami caught us unawares–but today we are much better equipped–India has now best in world early warning systems capable of disseminating alerts and warnings within 10 minutes, not only our own country but to neighbours. It is important to reach all such early warning information to end-users like farmers, fisherman and people at risk, the minister asserted. Good information, communicated in easy to use manner can impact significantly contributing to economy and GDP growth. 

The 2nd RIMES Ministerial Conference reviewed the update on the status of implementation of the First RIMES Ministerial Conference recommendations and provided guidance to RIMES policies and programs. The conference also articulated a Declaration that further strengthens technical and funding support to the RIMES to enhance capacities of Member country National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) to provide standardized high-quality customized products for managing climate risks.


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