Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (RIMES)

  • The RIMES is an intergovernmental body registered under United Nations.
  • It is owned and managed by 45 collaborating countries in Asia Pacific and Africa Region.
  • India is chairman of the body.
  • It was established in 2009 and was registered with UN in July 2009.
  • It operates from its regional early warning centre located at campus of Asian Institute of Technology in Pathumthani, Thailand.
  • It has evolved from efforts of countries in Africa and Asia in aftermath of 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.
  • Mandate: 
    • It seeks to establish regional early warning system within multi-hazard framework for generation and communication of early warning information and capacity building for preparedness and response to trans-boundary hazards.
    • It provides information related to Tsunami and extreme weather conditions. It also acts as a test bed for emerging technologies and help to enhance performance

RIMEs