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Kickoff Workshop - Maldives

The kickoff workshop will bring together various stakeholders associated with risk communication in the Maldives. The

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Monday 15th April 2015

Hosted by the :: Maldives National Disaster Management Center

Objectives ::

  • Share the project objectives and agree on deliverable and time-lines with all relevant stakeholders
  • Introduce the all-hazard all-media Common Alerting Protocol standard and procedures
  • Understand the current status and capacities for operationalizing a Multi-agency Situational-awareness platform in Maldives
  • Formulate a CAP working group to carryout the CAP implementation activities


Nuwan Waidyanatha and Manzul Hazarika


Sahana Software Foundation and the Asian Institute of Technology Geoinforamtics Center in collaboration with the Maldivian National Disaster Management Center is organizing a workshop in the Maldives. It is primarily to kickoff the CAP-on-a-Map project aiming to improve institutional responsiveness to coastal hazards through multi-agency situational-awareness. The project is made possible through funding by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); specifically, the ESCAP Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness. The project intentions complement NDMC's proactive commitment to mitigating the impact of disasters on the Maldivian people and its economy. Maldives is vulnerable to natural tsunami, cyclone, and earthquake hazards. It is also responsible for the safety of the mission plus visitors that enjoy the archipelago. The project will span over 18 months and will develop capacity to implement the all-hazard all-media Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) interoperable risk communication standard along with the associated operating procedures. Instrumental to the project is the Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO) software that will be implemented at a National level for managing the sharing risk information across all relevant risk management agencies. The workshop will bring together alerting authorities, emergency first-responders, communications service providers, and other relevant organizations in the Maldives to participate in the workshop. The day long event will take place on April 15th, 2015 at the Nasandhura Palace Hotel, Male. It designed to foster a discussion between the project implementers and the emergency communication system users towards determining the optimal strategies and activities for operationalizing the Sahana software-enabled multi-agency situational-awareness platform.


Time Action (Resource)
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09.00 – 09.05 Opening speech on behalf of Local Organizer (TBA, NDMC)
09.05 – 09.10 Opening speech on behalf of AIT and SAHANA (Dr. Manzul Hazarika, AIT)
09:10 – 09:45 Overview of project on “CAP on a MAP” (Dr. Manzul Hazarika, AIT)
09.45 – 10.15 Group photo/Tea-n-Coffee Break
10.15 – 10.45 Status of Disaster Management and Early Warning System in the Maldives (NDMC)
10.45 – 11.15 Multi-Agency Situational Awareness (MASA) platform with SAMBRO (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha)
11.15 – 12.10 Assessing risks and identifying geospatial vulnerabilities (Dr. Manzul Hazarika, AIT)
12:10 – 12.30 Common Alert Protocol (CAP) - Standards, policies and procedures. (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha, SSF)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:10 Hands-on experimenting with CAP-enabled alerting software (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha)
14:10 - 14:30 SWOT analysis of CAP and software tools an assessment of implementing CAP in the Maldives (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha)
14:30 - 15:30 Discuss and plan action items for (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha & Dr. Manzul Hazarika):
* Development of the national CAP-Profile
* Formation of a CAP working group
* Sharing data/information for system implementation
* Methods for collaborations among stakeholders and way forward * Revisit the project activities and schedule


PDF files for download:

  1. SWOT analysis instruction
  2. Individual action plan form
  3. SahanaCamp evaluation form


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