The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), endorsed the IOC-UNESCO and EU Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO) CoastWAVE project “Strengthening the Resilience of Coastal Communities in the Northeast Atlantic, Mediterranean (NEAM) Region to the Impact of Tsunamis and Other Sea Level-Related Coastal Hazards” on 9 September 2022. The project will run from September 2021 to March 2024. Dr Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of IOC-UNESCO expressed that the endorsement of CoastWAVE project is a “milestone in the Ocean Decade Programme” and an “engagement and commitment to the Ocean Decade vision”.
The CoastWAVE project will contribute to the transformation of ocean science solutions for sustainable development by connecting people through the IOC-UNESCO Tsunami Ready Recognition communities, Multi-hazard Early Warning Systems. It will sustainably strengthen in-country community response capacity and preparedness and local alerting systems to act against coastal multi-hazards with its community-based actions in 7 countries of the NEAM region. The project aims to do this by establishing guidelines to mitigate, prepare for and respond to tsunamis and by working with the communities to help them meet the guidelines and ultimately become recognized as Tsunami Ready by IOC-UNESCO. A key aim is to establish 7 IOC-UNESCO Tsunami Ready Recognized Communities in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic region by the end of 2023. The project seeks to build resilient communities through awareness and preparedness strategies that will protect life, livelihoods, and property from tsunamis in different regions, contributing to the Safe Ocean outcome of the Ocean Decade.
For more information about the UN Ocean Decade and IOC-UNESCO DG ECHO CoastWAVE project: