On May 15, 2023, DPNet, in collaboration with USAID/Tayar, organized a policy dialogue to assess the effectiveness of the Early Warning System (EWS) in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM). Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa, Chairperson of DPNet, presided over the event, which was attended by notable figures including Dr. Gangalal Tuladhar, a National Council for DRRM member and Former Education Minister, who served as the Chief Guest. Prof. Dr. Bishal Nath Uprety, President of NCDM, underscored the pressing need for a comprehensive multi-hazard early warning system, with a specific focus on earthquake early warnings, and emphasized the significance of formulating an instrumentation policy for the EWS. Ms. Archana Shrestha, a Senior Divisional Meteorologist at DHM, shared invaluable insights and experiences regarding hydro-meteorological advisory initiatives. Dr. Tuladhar expressed his contentment with the progress made in hydro-meteorological developments aimed at safeguarding lives and property during recent floods and encouraged all stakeholders to contribute to strengthening the multi-hazard EWS from their respective positions. The participants engaged in lively discussions on the challenges associated with the policy-practice interface in implementing the EWS. Finally, Mr. Surya Bahadur thanked all participants for active participation and urged stakeholders to work collectively to strengthen existing EWS in Nepal.
Please click the following link to access the presentations of Prof. Dr. Bishal Nath Uprety and Archana Shrestha (Ph.D.):