Author: Gavin White

Launch of new REAP paper for consultation: The early warning early action value chain: A compendium of visualisations

Source(s): Risk-informed Early Action Partnership (REAP)
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The consultation is open until Sunday 30 June 2024. 

The REAP Secretariat convened a group of experts from March to November 2023 to better comprehend how different organisations conceptualise the linkages across early warning and early action (EWEA) components. These expert contributors came from NGOs, media, academia, meteorology services, regional bodies, donors and UN agencies.

Following discussions among these experts, the group agreed on the need to produce a compendium of EWEA approaches, in the spirit of the REAP Glossary and the Roles of State and Non-State Actors in Early Warning and Early Action, to compare and contrast how different EWEA specialities (disaster risk management, meteorology, hydrology, agro-meteorology, agricultural economy, geology, earth observations, epidemiology, etc.) and types of organisations (donors, civil society organisations, international organisations...) approach EWEA and how their approaches differ. The main audience for this report is primarily – but not limited to – the (regional and global) intergovernmental and nongovernmental bodies providing technical expertise and financial support to nationally-mandated EWS authorities.

The report presents 10 distinct visualisations selected for their contribution to overall thinking in the sector and the representativity of specific communities of practice. It concludes with a summary graph that outlines the 71 elements that these visualisations identify for effective early warning early action systems. These 71 elements have been grouped as follows: ‘Foundational elements’ covering the legal, institutional and participation aspects prior to the development of an EWEA system; ‘Design timescale’ activities for the development of an EWEA system; and ‘Event timescale’ activities outlining the actions taken once a warning has been issued.

The authors of the paper are now seeking wider feedback on this draft of the paper, to ensure clarity and alignment with stakeholder needs, foster engagement and ownership of the paper's recommendations and build consensus around them, and to enhance the paper's legitimacy and credibility through inclusive feedback and diverse perspectives.

We welcome your feedback and contributions and comments through this short online survey. The consultation is open until Sunday 30 June 2024. For further information or enquiries, please contact:  

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