MoU Signed to Increase Cooperation with the Finnish Meteorological Institute

On 29 August, ICIMOD and the Finnish Meteorological Institute (FMI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in activities that contribute to minimizing the adverse impacts of hydrometeorological disasters in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. The MoU creates a formal framework for cooperation between the two organizations aimed at enhancing hydrometeorological knowledge within ICIMOD and its member countries and improving preparedness for weather-induced natural disasters. As a research and service organization, FMI brings expertise to the HKH region on a wide range of atmospheric science activities.

Through this MoU, FMI will contribute to the HKH-HYCOS project, which is funded by the Government of Finland for the establishment of a regional flood information system in the HKH region. The project is being implemented by ICIMOD in close collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and six regional partner countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The project includes the establishment of flood observation networks in selected river basins and the development a regional flood information system for which quality control is an important element. Using experiences and lessons learnt during its work with the Department of Hydrology and Meterology of Nepal on the Finnish-Nepalese Project (FNEP), FMI will help to ensure data reliability and quality control in the HYCOS project. The HYCOS project will help improve flood forecasting and disaster preparedness, improve regional cooperation in flood risk reduction, strengthen upstream-downstream linkages, and contribute to reducing the loss of lives and livelihoods in the HKH region, especially in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus river basins.