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Tsunami Impact Assessment (2006-2009)

  • In line with the UNs Millennium Development Goals and the IAEA Strategy for Technical Cooperation, RCARO has successfully developed a partnership project with UNDP entitled  Mitigation of Coastal Impacts of Natural Disasters like Tsunami using Nuclear or Isotope Techniques . The RCARO, UNDP(K) and MOST of Korea concluded the project proposal contract on 27 June 2006 after the endorsement of the Member States. (Duration: July 2006 - December 2008, Budget: 300,000 USD)
  • Objectives
  • - To contribute to the assessment of the environmental impact of tsunami as an input to an integrated coastal management in tsunami-affected areas
    - Increased utilization and coordination of national analytical capabilities and capacities to address the adverse impact of anthropogenic activities and assist in the management of the impacts of natural disasters and the management of emergencies involving the marine coastal environment
    - Improved communications, awareness and access for regulators, environmental monitoring agencies and others working in the marine coastal environment to specialized technological solutions to address particular needs at both the national and the regional level
  • Fields
  • - To assess the level of toxic element contamination in the marine coastal ecosystem by studies of the trace element profile of coastal sediment samples
    - To assist in assessing the impact of marine deposits in coastal agricultural areas on agricultural productivity and aquaculture
    - To measure the levels of selected toxic elements in tsunami-deposited sediment and assess their impact on the health of coral reefs and associated fisheries
  • Management Organizations
  • UNDP Office in Korea, Ministry of Science and Technology in Korea, RCARO
  • Participating Countries
  • 14 RCA Member States, i.e., AUL, BGD, CPR, IND, INS, ROK, MAL, MYA, NZE, PAK, PHI, SRL, THA and VIE
    Project Lead Country Coordinator: PHI
    Assistant Project Lead Country Coordinator: INS,
    Objective Lead Country Coordinators: IND, SRL, AUL