ICIMOD invited to present to the Indian National Planning Commission

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On invitation from the Indian National Planning Commission, a team from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development Centre (ICIMOD) made a presentation on ways to collaboratively address regional concerns on floods in the wake of the devastating floods that swept through parts of western Nepal and Uttarakhand, India.

Members of the Planning Commission and the representatives of ICIMOD after the meeting

Members of the Planning Commission and the representatives of ICIMOD after the meeting

The meeting, held on 13 August 2013 at the Planning Commission in New Delhi, was chaired by the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia, and was attended by members and advisors of the Planning Commission, secretaries of Ministries and senior officials from various departments and agencies.

In the presentation, Dr Eklabya Sharma, Director of Programme Operations at ICIMOD, highlighted the devastating nature of floods in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, especially flash floods. He said the lack of hydrometeorological data, inadequate early warning systems, and poor infrastructure planning often exacerbate the damages caused by floods in terms of human lives and properties. He also highlighted opportunities for transboundary cooperation to reduce the vulnerability of rural mountain communities. Due to the transboundary nature of these disaster events, cooperation across borders and the creation of mechanisms that facilitate regional data sharing could limit the negative impact of natural hazards, including loss of lives and property.

Learn more abou the meeting at www.icimod.org/?q=11447