Pacific Tsunami Capacity Assessment Project

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The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii provides tsunami threat advice for the Pacific Island Countries. Countries then use this information to warn their communities.

Finalisation of the project, "National Capacity Assessment of Pacific Islands Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) Member Countries: Tsunami Warning and Mitigation Systems" is complete. Tsunami workshops were completed in all of the 14 countries involved with National and a Regionally consolidated report completed. By undertaking an assessment of the capacity of individual nations to manage tsunami events, the tsunami capacity assessment project aimed to better guide donor funding and national strategic efforts towards achieving targeted improvements in the tsunami warning and mitigation systems of each country.

The project, funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) under the Pacific Governance Support Program (PGSP), worked in collaboration with the 14 Member Countries of SOPAC to assess their capacity to prepare for, receive, communicate and respond effectively to tsunami warnings. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau) led the project in partnership with SOPAC and the Australian Attorney-General's Department (AGD). Other partners involved included the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission a division of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO/IOC), United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Tasmanian State Emergency Service, the New South Wales State Emergency Service and the University of Guam.

The 14 SOPAC Member Countries who participated in the project were the Cook Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

The tsunami workshops alone were hugely successful, with 30 to 40 participants per country across government, private and community sectors coming together to discuss tsunami management in their country.

All resulting reports can be found on this website.

Tsunami destruction, Gizo, Solomon Islands (Source: Roger Wheatley, AusAID)

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