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Disaster Early Warning Systems in Nepal: Institutional and Operational Frameworks

Shesh Kanta Kafle*

Disaster and Climate Change Study Centre, Nepal (DCCSC Nepal), GPO Box 8365, Kathmandu, Nepal

*Corresponding Author:
Shesh Kanta Kafle
Disaster and Climate Change Study Centre
Nepal (DCCSC Nepal), GPO Box 8365
Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977 9841623891
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 27, 2017; Accepted Date: April 19, 2017; Published Date: April 21, 2017

Citation: Kafle SK (2017) Disaster Early Warning Systems in Nepal: Institutional and Operational Frameworks. J Geogr Nat Disast 7: 196. doi: 10.4172/2167-0587.1000196

Copyright: © 2017 Kafle SK. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Early warning systems (EWS) are recognized in both the Hyogo Framework for Disaster Reduction (2005-2015) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) as an important element of disaster risk reduction and hence to the achievement of sustainable development and sustainable livelihoods. An effective EWS enables the concerned authorities and at-risk communities to know about the hazards of the locality, community vulnerability and impending risk, warning messages, and building and mobilizing their response capability to reduce risks. The Government of Nepal has reported significant achievements in the development and implementation of EWS for floods, landslides, and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOF). However, this study shows that Early Warning systems have covered only a few hazards and location so far, and has not been able to cover all the four components of the effective community based early warning system. The absence of policy and legal frameworks has weakened the efforts of the establishment and strengthening of effective and functional early warning systems in the country. The response capacity building of communities is scattered and project-based. This paper outlines the status of EWS in Nepal, key gaps and challenges, and proposes a framework for a peoplecentred early warning system in the country.

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