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AWNA receives Averted Disaster Award (ADA) 2023 for exemplary disaster risk mgmt intervention


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Tawi: The Amrita Center for Wireless Networks and Applications (AmritaWNA) has been honored with the prestigious 2023 Averted Disaster Award (ADA) for their outstanding contributions to Disaster Risk Management (DRM) during the 11th Global Dialogue Platform on Anticipatory Humanitarian Action recently held on October 12 in Berlin.Established in December 2021, the Averted Disaster Award is an annual global competition designed to spotlight successful DRM initiatives and policies worldwide. ADA is a unique recognition that celebrates disaster mitigation interventions that are effective but may go unnoticed. During her acceptance speech, Dr. Maneesha Vinodini Ramesh, Director, Amrita Center for Wireless Networks & Applications (AmritaWNA), said, “We are deeply honored and humbled to receive the 2023 Averted Disaster Award for our work in disaster risk reduction. I would like to dedicate this award to our Chancellor, Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi whose visionary leadership has led us to this project. That's why today we are able to have an early warning system that facilitates anticipatory actions, enabling the timely evacuation of people from landslide prone areas and saving lives. In this regard, I would like to thank the funding agencies, advisors and all the dedicated team members, who have joined and worked hard on this project. We were able to scale it to other parts of , and today we have deployment in Sikkim. The government has also requested us to expand it to other 10 states in India, which we are actively working on. This would help us to provide dynamic, regional warning and site specific early warning by working very closely with the people.” Prof. David Lallemant, co-founder of the ADA and an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University, expressed, “The Averted Disaster Award's objective is to bring attention to effective risk reduction interventions that often go unnoticed. India, one of the 's most disaster-prone countries, faces a significant landslide threat in areas like Munnar and its surroundings. With the Averted Disaster Award, our aim is to illuminate impactful initiatives such as this one, facilitating their replication, adaptation, and scaling in communities that require them.” Dr. Shanna McClain, Disasters Program Manager at NASA, ADA Selection Committee Member, and host of the award ceremony, said, “Amrita's collaborative approach bringing together scientists and the community is an example of best practice in developing effective disaster risk . When at-risk communities are engaged as implementing partners from the outset, they are more likely to follow emergency guidance and develop long-term community resilience.”

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