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Early warning system for disastrous natural phenomena to be developed in Lithuania

2009-07-16

The Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service under the Ministry of Environment (project operator) has signed a tripartite agreement on implementation of project Development and Installation of an Early Warning System for Disastrous Natural Phenomena financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The agreement was also signed by the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania (coordinating body) and the Central Project Management Agency (implementing body).


“The project is aimed at developing and installing an advanced information system based on real-time data updating,” Vida Augulienė, director of the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service, said. “It would boost the effectiveness of forecasting disastrous natural phenomena. It would facilitate reliable provision of information on expected disastrous hydrometeorological phenomena to relevant public authorities, special security and rescue services, strategic objects and the public in order to take timely measures to avoid or reduce severe consequences.”


The project is financed under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and national budget within the framework of the special European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanisms Programme. The project is planned to be implemented by 31 January 2011.


According to Augulienė, after the early warning system for disastrous natural phenomena is installed, Lithuania will also be able to connect to international early warning systems, such as Meteoalarm, the system of the Network of European Meteorological Services (EUMETNET). More information on this international system is available on the Internet at http://www.meteoalarm.eu/


Public Information Division, tel. 219 1855


16 July 2009

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas