Sixth Regional Steering Committee Meeting on ‘Establishment of Regional Flood Information System in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region (HKH-HYCOS)’

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Over 25 participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Nepal and Pakistan as well as representatives from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), Government of Finland, ICIMOD, Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI), and international experts attended the 6th Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the project ‘Establishment of a regional flood information system in the Hindu Kush Himalaya region’ (HKH-HYCOS).

The meeting was held in Thimphu, Bhutan, 29–30 May 2013 by ICIMOD and the Department of Hydromet Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Royal Government of Bhutan. During the meetings, the Regional Steering Committee (RSC) discussed progress made thus far in the HKH-HYCOS project and sought technical inputs from international experts for further development of the flood outlook products and quality control module in the flood information system. The RSC is the highest executive body of the HKH-HYCOS project and ensures project coherence. It oversees project policy, strategy, and implementation. The committee consists of representatives of the participating countries and their executing agencies, ICIMOD, and WMO. 

HKH-HYCOS is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland and is a regional component of the World Hydrological Cycle Observing System (WHYCOS), a global programme of WMO. The project seeks to enhance regional cooperation and strengthen the capacity of hydrometeorological agencies in flood forecasting by establishing a regional flood information system for sharing real-time hydrometeorological data and information. Based on real-time hydrometeorological observations, the core of the project is the establishment of a regional flood information system that will be accessible to all participating countries and relevant regional entities to help minimize the potentially disastrous impacts of floods. In 2012, a total of 24 hydrometeorological stations have been installed in four countries Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan which are sharing data on real time on a regional flood information system. Until the end of  2013, an additional 14 stations will be installed in the four countries.