11–17 March: Changing Perspectives on Flood Risk Management in the HKH Region – ICIMOD at the 6th World Water Forum

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ICIMOD organized the Asia-Pacific Target Session on Water Risks and Resilience at the 6th World Water Forum held in Marseille, France, from 11 to 17 March 2012. The session was chaired by ICIMOD Deputy Director General Dr Madhav Karki. Speakers and panellists included Ramesh Vaidya and Hari Krishna Nibanupudi from ICIMOD and partners from Bangladesh (M Monowar Hussain, Institute of Water Modelling), India (Anil Gupta, National Institute of Disaster Management), Japan (Toshio Okazumi, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management), Pakistan (Pervaiz Amir, Pakistan Water Partnership), and the World Meteorological Organization (Giacomo Teruggi). 

The key message of the session was that there is a need to explicitly recognize information systems in an integrated approach to flood risk management and to develop a regional cooperation framework for the sharing of data and information among countries in the HKH region. ICIMOD made a commitment to work with partners to develop by 2015 a regional strategic framework for flood risk management with a focus on emerging technologies and real-time regional information systems for enhanced community resilience and adaptation.

ICIMOD’s publication ‘Role of Policy and Institutions in Local Adaptation to Climate Change’ was released at the session by the Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) Vice-Chair, Ravi Narayanan. Subsequently, on 16 March, Dr Vaidya presented a summary of the session’s key messages and commitments at the Asia-Pacific Synthesis and Commitment Session, which was chaired by APWF President and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori.