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Kickoff Workshop - Maldives

Post event BLOG


  1. Share the project objectives and agree on implementation strategies and plans with all relevant National stakeholders
  2. Introduce the all-hazard all-media Common Alerting Protocol standard and procedures and formulate a National working group
  3. Assess the current status and capacity for operationalizing a Multi-agency Situational-awareness platform in the Maldives


Takes place on :: 15th April 2015
Hosted by the :: Maldives National Disaster Management Center
At location :: Address : Nasandhura Palace Hotel, Male, Maldives; map view

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.


Schedule and Slides

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 - 10:00 Sahana overview (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha)
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 for alert area templates (Dr. Manzul Hazarika, AIT)
12:10 – 12.30 Common Alert Protocol (CAP) - Standards, policies and procedures. (Mr. Nuwan Waidyanatha, SSF)
12:30 - 12:45 Risk assessment geoinformatics for defining alerting polygons. (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 and discussion points 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):
1. Development of the National CAP Implementation profile
2. Formation of a CAP working group
3. Sharing data/information for system implementation
4. Protocols and means for collaborating with all relevant stakeholders for a successful implementation
5. Considering policy issues for CAP implementation and adaptation for addressing all-media all-hazard.
6. Update the Register of Alerting Authorities hosted by the WMO
7. training of trainer regime and schedule
8. Revisit the project activities and plan


Project Partners

Workshop Tools

  1. Download SimCAPTool

Activity documents

  1. Project plan
  2. SWOT analysis instruction
  3. workshop evaluation form

Presentation slides

  1. CAP on a Map project overview
  2. Current state of Maldives Disaster Management
  3. Sahana overview
  4. Risk assessment for deriving alert polygons
  5. Multi Agency Situational Awareness
  6. Common Alerting Protocol 101
  7. Discussion points


  1. Maldives National Defence Force
  2. Ministry of Defence and National Security
  3. Maldives Police Service
  4. Communication Authority of Maldives
  5. Ministry of Housing & Infrastructure
  6. Land Survey Authority of Maldives
  7. Maldives Red-Crescent
  8. Local Government Authority
  9. Ministry of Environment
  10. Maldives Meteorological Service
  11. Ministry of Health
  12. Department of National Planning / min of finance
  13. Ministry of Tourism Arts and Culture
  14. Ministry of Education
  15. National Disaster Management Centre
  16. Dhiraagu
  17. Ooredoo
  18. MBC
  19. United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  20. AIT Geoinformatics Center (Thailand)
  21. Sahana Software Foundation

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