1-2 December 2011: Third Regional Steering Committee Meeting on ‘Establishment of Regional Flood Information System in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region (HKH-HYCOS)’


ICIMOD, in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and with support from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland, jointly organised the Third Regional Steering Committee (RSC) Meeting of the HKH-HYCOS project from 1 to 2 December 2011. Over 45 participants from Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Pakistan, and India as well as representatives from the WMO, Government of Finland, ICIMOD, and international experts attended the meeting. 

The 3rd RSC meeting was a key step towards the installation of the stations and the development of a flood information system at the regional and national level. The meeting discussed the status of procurement; the development of the flood information system; flood information products; as well as capacity building and public awareness. A roadmap for implementation was also agreed upon. 

The meeting also facilitated the exchange of experiences and lessons learnt in flood forecasting, the setting up of a flood information system, as well as looking at how products from other regions could be used.

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. The HKH-HYCOS project is a component of WHYCOS, a global programme of WMO, which seeks to strengthen the capacity of hydro-meteorological agencies in flood forecasting by establishing a regional flood information system for sharing real-time hydro-meteorological data and information. The core of the project is a regional flood information system that will be accessible to all participating countries and relevant regional entities to help minimise the adverse impacts of flood disasters.