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Tsunami Ready

Topics Covered: Disaster management.

Tsunami Ready:


Context:

Odisha has achieved another milestone in disaster management. Venkatraipur in Ganjam and Noliasahi in Jagatsinghpur have been recognised by UNESCO-IOC as Tsunami-Ready Communities.

About Tsunami Ready:

Tsunami Ready is a community performance-based programme.

Initiated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO to promote tsunami preparedness through the active collaboration of public, community leaders, and national and local emergency management agencies.

Objectives of the programme:

  • To improve the coastal community’s preparedness for tsunami emergencies.
  • To minimize the loss of life and property.
  • To ensure a structural and systematic approach in building community preparedness.

About the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC):

  • IOC-UNESCO was established in 1960 as a body with functional autonomy within UNESCO and is the only competent organization for marine science within the UN system.
  • The purpose of the Commission is to promote international cooperation and to coordinate programmes in research, services and capacity-building, in order to learn more about the nature and resources of the ocean and coastal areas and to apply that knowledge for the improvement of management, sustainable development, the protection of the marine environment, and the decision-making processes of its Member States.
  • The IOC is recognized through the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) as the competent international organization in the fields of Marine Scientific Research and Transfer of Marine Technology.

Sources: pib.