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  • Weak existing early warning systems (EWS) in Cox’s Bazar District that fail to provide reliable and timely life-saving information.
  • Lack of satellite-based weather signals to allow sufficient time on warnings of rough sea events.
  • Lack of digital tracking of fishing vessels to allow for more efficient and precise rescue missions in the event of capsizing.
  • Storms/rough weather conditions in the Bay of Bengal resulting in loss of lives/livelihood, damage to property, and high dependency on humanitarian response among coastal communities in Cox’s Bazar.
  • Weak community capacity in early warning and disaster risk reduction (DRR) resulting in a reactive, rather than proactive, approach to disaster.


Introduction and implementation of a digital early warning system through General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) for improved tracking fishing vessels and disseminating early warning messages to fishermen. In combination with community-based DRR measures, this product supports communities, private sector partners, local/national level GoB to establish an effective an EWS for poor coastal fishing communities that is expected to be transferred to local and national institutions for scale-up.

The digital tracking of fishing vessels allows for more efficient and precise rescue missions in the event of capsizing.

This innovation helps to protect the lives and livelihoods of fishermen who are vulnerable to frequent and severe weather events at sea. By providing timely and reliable early warning information, loss of lives and damage to property, and thus the need for humanitarian response, is reduced. Community capacity in early warning and DRR is being strengthened through training and adoption of this system, thereby promoting a proactive rather than reactive approach to disaster.


The project targets 300 boats and approximately 3,000 fishermen residing in 24 communities of Cox’s Bazar District in the Bay of Bengal – home to approximately 20,000 people who will benefit from education and training on DRR and EWS. CARE will collect and disseminate learning through Monitoring & Evaluation workshops and meetings with relevant stakeholders and will conduct evidence-based advocacy to raise awareness at sub-national and national levels amongst fishing communities, GoB and the private sector.

Latest Updates

Progress Report on infrastructure of EW Dissemination System

6 Oct 2014

CARE Bangladesh team is monitoring this development process, as well as helping the partners as required. At field level, the CARE team is meeting with the various stakeholders including district administration officials, local government bodies, the boat owners’ association and its direct beneficiaries to keep them updated on present progress.



14 Aug 2014

In July 2013, the project team visited the CARE SHOUHARDO II program’s existing community platforms like Village Development Committees (VDCs) and Empowerment, Knowledge and Transformative Action (EKATA) groups.


Server development for early warning dissemination in progress

01 Aug 2014

The Telecommunication service provider AirTel Bangladesh Ltd, in association with CARE Bangladesh, has conducted a feasibility study on the proposed device life cycle.


Finally, the project is approved

9 Jun 2014

CARE Bangladesh has finally received the approval and clearance for the implementation of the HIF project in Cox’s Bazar.


Negotiating Approvals

24 Apr 2014

The revised paperwork in the prescribed format together with the revised proposal and Letter of Intent from HIF was submitted to the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) for approval at the beginning of the month.


Building Partnerships

22 Apr 2014

Operations were fully resumed after the national elections and the project team initiated steps to revise the relevant paperwork for submission to the NGO Affairs Bureau (NGOAB) based on HIF’s approval of the revisions and the conditional agreement to extend the project beyond its current stipulated end date.


Seeking ministerial approval

14 Apr 2014

The project team and its partners continued with their efforts to garner the necessary Ministerial approval.


Partnership Adjustments

8 Apr 2014

The project team discuss some changes to the partnership and other ongoing work.


October Blog

1 Oct 2013

Both CARE and Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) were awaiting approval to begin implementation of their respective early warning systems projects.


Exploring Avenues for Collaboration

1 Sept 2013

The month of September 2013 was spent in a series of meetings and discussions to explore collaboration with Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES) and the Comprehensive Disaster Management Program (CDMP) Bangladesh, while attempts were made to meet the Joint Secretary of Disaster Management & Relief.


Review of project activities in light of revisions to 'Disaster Management Act’ 2012

26 Aug 2013

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.


Search for approval

20 Jun 2013

In order to gauge the interest of the fisher community considering the delays in implementation; the project team undertook a survey to determine the status of the 50 units of the Vehicle Tracking Service (VTS) that was installed as part of a small scale pilot initiative in 2011.


Activities in May

28 May 2013

While efforts are on-going to seek approval from the Bangladesh NGO Affairs Bureau, the project team is also exploring alternative solutions by reviewing the early warning framework in place.


Fishermen go digital!!

04 Feb 2013

The CARE project team continue their project inception workshops with local stakeholders.


The sound of sea…………. DO YOU HEAR ME?

15 Jan 2013

In a meeting with the community a boat owner share a story with the project team about his uncle who was lost at sea for three days.


Selection process finalised

23 May 2013

CARE finalised the selection processes in March 2013 and Systems Solutions and Development Technologies Ltd. (SSDTL) were shortlisted to supply the digital device which would be installed in 300 fishing trawlers. 


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