Saving lives through Emergency Communications

GAREC-2008

STATEMENT

of the fourth
GLOBAL AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
CONFERENCE (GAREC-2008)
Friedrichshafen, Germany, 26 – 27 June 2008




The fourth Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference, GAREC-2008, held in conjunction with the 33rd HamRadio exhibition and meeting in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and attended by representatives of national IARU member societies and amateur radio emergency communications groups from all three IARU Regions;

considering

the statements of GAREC-05, GAREC-06 and GAREC-07, the progress made on the implementation of the recommendations expressed therein, and recent experiences from exercises andactual emergency operations;

noticing

the conclusion of Memoranda of Understanding between the IARU and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in 2007, between the IARU and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in 2008, and the Operational Agreement between the IARU and the United Nations (UN) in force since 1999;


photo by Wolf Hoeller, OE7FTJ

 

further noticing

1. the reports on the Simulated Emergency Tests (SET) held in Region 1 in 2006 and 2007 and of the first Global SET held in May 2008, and

2. the reports on recent emergency communications operations, in particular the report from the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA),

3. the Declaration of the Global Forum on Effective Use of Telecommunications/ICT for Disaster Management: Saving Lives (Geneva, Switzerland 10 -12 December 2007);

requests

the ITU to support the activities of IARU and of Administrations in the implementation of the modifications of Article 25 of the Radio Regulations adopted by WRC-03 through the appropriate mechanisms of its Telecommunication Development Bureau;

calls upon all national IARU member societies and specialized amateur radio emergency communications groups

1. to take all steps necessary to ensure that their national regulatory authorities to implement the modifications to Article 25 of the Radio Regulations adopted by the World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03), in particular the regulations governing third-party-traffic during emergencies and during training for emergency operations;

2. to use all means possibly at their disposal, such as but not limited to magazines, newsletters, web-sites and e-mail reflectors, to further promote among all amateurs in their respective country the concept and purpose of the Center of Activity frequencies for emergency traffic and the recommendation concerning use of the suffix “/D” by stations engaged in emergency traffic or emergency communication exercises;

3. to use any available real-time communications channels, including but not limited to web-sites, bulletin boards and DX-clusters to draw the attention of the largest possible number of Amateur Radio Operators to on-going emergency communications near the Center of Activity Frequencies, in order to prevent interference with such traffic;

4. to include where possible into their contest rules the recommendation, that a frequency range of 5 kHz above and below the Center of Activity frequencies adopted by the conferences in the three ITU (IARU) Regions should be kept free of contest traffic;

5. to use their contacts with national regulatory authorities to encourage the accession to and implementation of the Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations;

6. to support the work of the IARU on an international Emergency Communications Handbook and to provide copies of existing agreements with institutional partners in emergency response as well as copies of emergency communication guidelines, manuals, and checklists developed for national or local use as inputs to this work;

7. to fully cooperate in order to make optimum use of resources available from both, national IARU member societies and specialized groups within or outside the respective society and in the interest of progress towards a favorable national regulatory environment;

8. to work towards establishing cooperation with the Red Cross and Red Crescent society in their respective country in the sense of the Memorandum of Understanding established between the IARU and the IFRC referred to in noticing above;

congratulates

the Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) to the outstanding contribution of Chinese Amateur Radio Operators in support to humanitarian response to the tragic events in May 2008;

calls upon the IARU Administrative Council and International Secretariat

1. to advise and assist in the work on the IARU Emergency Communications Handbook in respect to the publication of the handbook,

2. to accelerate with priority the publication of a leaflet or brochure presenting the role of the Amateur Radio Service in emergency communications, as recommended by GAREC-2005;

3. to support IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications in the work with the ITU (BDT) on the implementation of the Article 25 of the Radio Regulations (WRC-03);

calls upon governments and telecommunication administrations

to facilitate the role of the Amateur Radio Service in emergency telecommunications by fully implementing the provisions of Radio Regulations (RR) Article 25 as revised by the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-03, Geneva 2003) and by encouraging joint training activities and exercises of amateur radio emergency communications groups and institutional providers of emergency response;

recommends

that annual GAREC conferences should rotate between the 3 ITU (IARU) Regions and should maintain the character of GAREC as an informal meeting among representatives of IARU member societies and of amateur radio groups within or outside of such national societies specializing in emergency communications, serving as forum for the exchange of experience and as an advisory body for the work on emergency communications of the IARU.

 

Adopted by consensus in the final session of
GAREC- 2008 on 27 June 2008.


 

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