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24 September 2020
Hydro-climatic disasters in the form of seasonal, riverine, and flash floods frequently occur along the rivers and tributaries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region. Every year, destructive floods result in the loss of lives and livelihoods and cause severe damage to infrastructure and property. However, floods in the region cannot be totally controlled. Therefore, efforts should be directed towards reducing flood vulnerability and mitigating flood impacts through improved flood risk management by providing end-to-end flood forecasting and warning services.
ICIMOD, through its regional programme on Mountain Environment Regional Information System (MENRIS), works to contribute to effective evidence-based decision-making processes by governments, communities, and individuals using scientific data, Earth observation information, and geospatial information technologies in the areas of agriculture, environment, disaster, natural resources, and climate change. Through its initiatives, MENRIS has been working on enhancing flood early warning systems by improving flood forecasting, promoting data sharing and improving communications for actionable information to emergency responders and to those at-risk.
This webinar will present ongoing efforts under MENRIS to bring Earth observation and geospatial information into action to support disaster risk reduction, with a special focus on floods.
Regional Programme Manager, MENRIS, ICIMOD
Director General, ICIMOD
Chief of Party – SERVIR-HKH, ICIMOD
Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Professor, Brigham Young University
Programme Coordinator – Climate Services Initiative, ICIMOD
Programme Coordinator – Regional Database System Initiative, ICIMOD