On September 5, 2023, in pursuance of paragraph 2 of the Protocol of the Regional Forum - Meeting of the Heads of Emergency Authorities of the Central Asian Countries (signed on October 6, 2022 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan), with the support of UNDRR, UNDP and GIZ, the Center held the First meeting of the Technical Working Group on the creation of the Regional Early Warning and Mutual Information System for disaster threats and occurrence (TWG).
During the introductory session, the Director of the Center S. Aubakirov provided a presentation on the history of the origin of the idea of creating a Regional Early Warning and Mutual Information System for disaster threats and occurrence (REWS), and also identified the main goals and objectives for the TWG.
Also, within the framework of the event, Mr. S. Makarov, Head of the GIZ Project "Climate Risk Management in Central Asia", and Mrs. A. Bolatova, Water Resources Expert, provided updates on the project's progress, including related to the development of a transboundary early warning system for hydrological disasters.
The event was also attended online by D. Kodirov - the UNDRR National Coordinator in Tajikistan, S. Bekmaganbetova - the UNDRR National Coordinator in Kazakhstan, Vasko Popovski - UNDP Consultant on EWS Stakeholder Mapping across Central Asia.
In accordance with the agenda, members of the TWG - representatives of the Central Asian countries informed about the state of national monitoring systems for emergencies of various types and early warning systems, outlined the approaches and principles of the systems, and also identified problematic issues.
The TWG members also considered the draft terms of reference for the creation of the REWS, and in the final document it was decided to submit their proposals and comments to the draft Terms of Reference to the Center no later than October 5, 2023.
Following the results of the First meeting, the members of the TWG supported the initiative of the Center to prepare a collective appeal of the Heads of Emergency Authorities of the Central Asian countries to the leadership of the UN and the World Meteorological Organization on the need to create a Regional Early Warning System for transboundary emergencies, and also recommended that the Center analyze and evaluate existing monitoring systems and national early warning systems of the CA countries based on the submitted country reports and the responses of TWG members in an online questionnaire.