The Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) is an international and intergovernmental institution, owned and managed by its Member States, for the generation and application of early warning information. RIMES evolved from the efforts of countries in Africa and Asia, in the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, to establish a regional early warning system within a multi-hazard framework for the generation and communication of early warning information, and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards. RIMES was established on 30 April 2009, and was registered with the United Nations on 1 July 2009. RIMES operates from its regional early warning center located at the campus of the Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand.
Aim: RIMES provides regional early warning services and builds capacity of its Member States in the end-to-end early warning of tsunami and hydro-meteorological hazards.
Mission: Building capacity and providing actionable warning information towards forearmed, forewarned and resilient communities.
12 Member States: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Comoros, India, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Seychelles, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.
19 Collaborating Countries: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Tanzania, Thailand, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, and Yemen.
RIMES was registered with the United Nations under Article 102 on 1 July 2009, and has been supported since inception by UNESCAP and DANIDA.
- Provides maximum benefit at minimum cost
RIMES addresses both high-impact, low-frequency hazards, such as tsunamis, as well as low-impact, but high-frequency hazards, such as extreme weather events, for the optimum use of its technological facilities, while giving Member States a wider range of decision-support information.
Member States financially support RIMES operations, at a cost much lower than that required for establishing individual early warning systems for high-impact, low-frequency hazards.
- Meets early warning information needs of different users
RIMES integrates risk information at different time scales to meet early warning information needs of diverse users.
- Engages multi-level stakeholders
RIMES provides an interface between global centers of excellence and national and local level institutions to bring the best of science and practices for enhanced performance of early warning systems
- Acts as a test-bed for emerging technologies and research products
RIMES acts as a test-bed for identifying promising new and emerging technologies and research products, and pilot testing and making these operational through demonstration of tangible benefits.