1–4 March: UNESCAP workshop on Flood Risk Management in Pakistan

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A workshop on ‘Developing Capacity for Resilience to Water-Related Disasters in Pakistan through Space Applications and Flood Risk Management’ was organised by UNESCAP in collaboration with the National Space Agency of Pakistan (SUPARCO) and the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) in Islamabad from 1 to 4 March 2011. The workshop included two and a half days of information/experience sharing by international and national experts and a one-day training on Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS) conducted by the International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM). The workshop was held at SUPARCO and brought together all national stakeholders in flood risk management. It provided participants with an opportunity to share and analyse relevant geo-information technology and prepare a roadmap for activities with inputs from international resource people.

During the workshop, experiences and challenges in transboundary flood risk management from the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region were shared by ICIMOD. Through national stakeholder and international resource people’s presentations and discussions, current gaps and challenges in accessing space-based information for flood risk management were identified. After the extreme floods of August 2010, one of the key issues identified is the need to improve coordination and communication between agencies for better management.