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Anticipating crisis: Forewarn community meeting


25 May 2018





Date: 25th May 2018 

Registration: Please email Leonie Le Borgne if you wish to attend.

Time: 12:00pm-4:30pm (optional lunch starting at 12, meeting starts at 1pm)

Location: Human Rights Action Centre, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA. You can also join this meeting virtually, please click here.

FOREWARN stands for the Forecast-based Warning, Analysis and Response Network. It is a group of early warning experts that advises the Start Fund’s anticipation window, investigates new approaches to forecasting, and conducts regular interagency analysis in order to render the humanitarian system more preemptive. FOREWARN members meet virtually once a month to identify and monitor risks. Members are individuals from various Start Network member organisations, usually with expertise in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and early warning/early action.

The wider FOREWARN community meets in person, bi-annually to discuss advancements in forecasting, share learnings, and discuss the strategic direction of risk management in the humanitarian sector. Academics, researchers, risk experts, and individuals from the wider humanitarian sector make up are part of the wider FOREWARN community.

What we hope to achieve

On 25th May we will be reviewing the Crisis Anticipation Window – our successes, failures and learnings so far – and our partners will be presenting a variety of forecasting tools (for example predicting heatwaves in Pakistan, and precipitation globally) and discussing past early warning projects (e.g. project anticipating severe winter in Mongolia). Through these presentations and discussions we hope to share experiences, knowledge and tools that will grow the quality and quantity of crisis risk management within the Start Network and beyond.


12:00-13:00 - Join us for an optional lunch before the meeting

13:00-13:45 - Presenting the Start Fund’s crisis anticipation work in 2017

13:45-14:45 - Forecasting extreme heat in Pakistan (Dr. Erica Thompson- LSE)

14:45-15:00 - Break & networking

15:00-15:30 - Anticipating Mongolian Dzud (Red Cross Movement)

15:30-16:30 - Presenting Start Fund tailored forecasting maprooms (Michael Bell, IRI)

16:30 - Closing remarks


Read the Crisis Anticipation Annual report

Find out more about the Crisis Anticipation Window

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