The Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance in Humanitarian Action (ALNAP) is an international, interagency forum working to improve learning, accountability and performance across the Humanitarian Sector.
ALNAP has a dedicated tsunami web page focussing on "Lessons from Previous Crises for the Tsunami Response" and searchable evaluation report database.
Humanitarian interventions in response to natural disasters generally mitigates against the overall impact to local populations. However, experience has shown that failing to draw on lessons learned from previous crises and to adapt to the contexts and circumstances of the local situation, detracts from making the optimal impact to the lives of those affected.
ALNAP as an active learning network, seeks to promote lesson learning from experience across the humanitarian sector through the collation and analysis of previous experiences contained in evaluation reports. ALNAP hosts an 'Evaluative Reports Database' containing over 500 of the latest evaluative reports submitted by humanitarian agencies over the past decade. The following list contains only a few examples of evaluation reports on natural disasters, which may have relevance to the Tsunami response. More reports can be accessed through our Evaluative Reports Database.
Asian natural disaster tracking website, based in Kobe.The Asian Disaster Reduction Center mission is to enhance disaster resilience of the member countries, to build safe communities, and to create a society where sustainable development is possible.
Development from Disasters Network (DFDN) website. This is the new platform of the recently renamed Tsunami Recovery Network (TRN). The DFDN is a network of professionals, activists and academics committed to enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of recovery after disasters. It aims to improve the development of affected people’s lives, livelihoods and settlements to be better than it was before the disaster that hit them. A concerted multi-disciplinary approach is needed to address the medium and long term challenges of the sustainable rebuilding of lives and settlements.
Website provides satellite imagery and maps of impact of disasters.
The International Charter aims at providing a unified system of space data acquisition and delivery to those affected by natural or man-made disasters through authorized users. Each member agency has committed resources to support the provisions of the Charter and thus is helping to mitigate the effects of disasters on human life and property.
IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.
With 132 member states, a further 17 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.
The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.
The Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) of the US Governemnt (NOAA) tsunami centre. Website has maps and reports on tsunamis.
PMEL carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations in oceanography and atmospheric science. Current PMEL programs focus on open ocean observations in support of long-term monitoring and prediction of the ocean environment on time scales from hours to decades
The International Tsunami Information Center was established in 1965 by the IOC (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission) of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). ITIC maintains and develops relationships with scientific research and academic organizations, civil defense agencies, and the general public in order to carry out its mission to mitigate the hazards associated with tsunamis by improving tsunami preparedness for all Pacific Ocean nations. ITIC:
Monitors international tsunami warning activities in the Pacific.
Assists Member States in establishing national warning systems, and makes information available on current technologies for tsunami warning systems.
Maintains a library of materials to promulgate knowledge about tsunamis in general and for use by the scientific community.
Disseminates information including educational materials and research reports.
Publishes a newsletter for all parties interested in the activities of ITIC and other organizations involved in tsunami warning or tsunami hazard reduction.