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International Conference: The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, 10 years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami

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International Conference: The Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System, 10 years after the Indian Ocean Tsunami

The Indian Ocean Tsunami on 26th December 2014 resulted in the loss of over 230,000 lives including over 2,500 foreign tourists, and the displacement of over 1.6 million people around the Indian Ocean, with estimated economic losses of $14 billion. The catastrophe brought renewed focus on the need for a regional tsunami warning system in the Indian Ocean. Following the disaster, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO was given the mandate to develop and implement an Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWS). An Intergovernmental Coordination Group (ICG) for the IOTWS was established by the IOC Assembly in July 2005.

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, IOC UNESCO and the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology for Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG) are sponsoring and organising a conference to recognise the achievements of the last 10 years, to highlight work that still needs to be done, and to seek re-commitment to continued investment in the IOTWS. The conference will be held at the BMKG Auditorium in Jakarta, Indonesia, 24-25 November 2014 and will offer high level perspectives from invited speakers and panel discussions from decision makers and scientists. The 2nd announcement for the conference provides further details of the conference programme.

The conference is open attendance and there is no registration fee. Registration can be completed online at: www.ioc-unesco.org/IOTconference2014. For further information please contact Mr Tony Elliott, Head of ICG/IOTWS Secretariat, at: t.elliott@unesco.org.

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