This report provides case studies of Early Warning Systems (EWSs) and
risk assessments encompassing three main hazard types: drought; flood
and cyclone. The case studies are taken from ten countries across three
continents (focusing on Africa, South Asia and the Caribbean).
The case studies have been developed to assist the UK Department for
International Development (DFID) to prioritise areas for Early Warning
System (EWS) related research under their ‘Science for Humanitarian
Emergencies and Resilience’ (SHEAR) programme.
The aim of these case studies is to ensure that DFID SHEAR research is
informed by the views of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and
communities engaged with Early Warning Systems and risk assessments
(including community-based Early Warning Systems).
The case studies highlight a number of challenges facing Early Warning
Systems (EWSs). These challenges relate to financing; integration;
responsibilities; community interpretation; politics; dissemination;
accuracy; capacity and focus.
The case studies summarise a number of priority areas for EWS related
- Priority 1: Contextualising and localising early warning information
- Priority 2: Climate proofing current EWSs
- Priority 3: How best to sustain effective EWSs between hazard events?
- Priority 4: Optimising the dissemination of risk and warning
- Priority 5: Governance and financing of EWSs
- Priority 6: How to support EWSs under challenging circumstances
- Priority 7: Improving EWSs through monitoring and evaluating the
impact and effectiveness of those systems.
Brown, S. Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) scoping study: Annex 3 - Early warning system and risk assessment case studies. Evidence on Demand, UK (2013) 53 pp. [DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12774/eod_cr.june2014.brown]