23-24 May: Fourth Regional Steering Committee Meeting on the Establishment of Regional Flood Information System in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (HKH-HYCOS)

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To support disaster prevention and flood management at the regional level, ICIMOD, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and partner countries developed the HKH-HYCOS project with funding from the Government of Finland to enhance regional cooperation and technical capacities for hydrometeorological data collection and sharing. The project is establishing a regional flood information system to facilitate the transboundary exchange of real-time data, best practices, and know-how to support flood management efforts. In collaboration with the WMO, ICIMOD organized the Fourth Regional Steering Committee Meeting of the HKH-HYCOS project 23–25 May 2012. Over 25 participants from Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, as well as international experts and representatives from the WMO, the Government of Finland, and ICIMOD attended the meeting.

During the meeting, the installation of hydrometeorological stations and the progress towards development of a flood information system at regional and national levels were reviewed. Out of the 24 planned stations, a total of 11 stations have been installed in Bhutan and Nepal. The remaining will be installed in Bangladesh and Pakistan before the next RSC meeting. Flood information products, capacity building, public awareness, and the next project phase were discussed at the meeting and a roadmap for implementation was agreed upon.