As a follow-up to the partners meeting held on the 28th of July 2013, the project team reviewed project activities against the clauses in the Disaster Management Act 2012. This became necessary since the legal provision in the Disaster Management Act 2012 prohibits all and any institutions/body except the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD) from the generation of forecasts and dissemination of warnings. Furthermore, RIMES (Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia) had an agreement with the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP), Bangladesh to support the BMD with weather/extreme weather events forecasting, numerical weather prediction, storm surge modeling, concurrent monitoring of Depressions and Cyclone Formation and Tracking and development of Pre-Impact Assessment Tools. As a result of this development, the initial role intended for CGC in the HIF project becomes void.
Accordingly since the project now needs to work with RIMES in order to be relevant in the early warning chain, a series of consultative meetings were planned to appraise complementarities and areas for collaboration between RIMES, BMD, CDMP and CARE and its existing partners.
The following activities were carried out in the month of August in the field:
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