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National level hands-on training

Community Based Flood Early Warning System

Programmes

CBFEWS

Venue

Islamabad, Pakistan

Date & Time

09 November 2021 to 12 November 2021

Contact

Neera Shrestha Pradhan

Organized by Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), World Wide Fund for Nature Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan), and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

 

About the training

This year, in collaboration with WWF-Pakistan and Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), we are organizing a national-level, four-day hands-on training on Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS) in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) and the Gilgit Baltistan Disaster Management Authority (GBDMA), and Buraq Integrated Solutions (BIS) will be providing support for the training.

The training aims to support vulnerable communities by providing guidance on installing and operating early warning systems. It will also assist participants in assessing the risk and vulnerability of communities, and in developing reliable and efficient communication networks of caretakers, concerned agencies, and communities to disseminate flood warning efficiently. The course follows the concept of “learning by doing”, enabling participants to practically deal with the instruments individually and learning and practicing how to install, operate and maintain it. Participants who have completed previous trainings and have successfully implemented CBFEWS in the field as well as our local manufacturing partner, BIS, will be the resource persons for this training.

 

Objectives

Provide comprehensive technical and theoretical knowledge about CBFEWS planning, installation, implementation, and sustainability.

 

Expected outcomes

By the end of the training, participants will be able to conduct necessary surveys and install the EWS instrument independently on the ground

 

Expected participants

This hands-on training is targeted to those who are directly involved in CBFEWS implementation on the ground, which include:

  • System caretakers, who have not received any training
  • Immediate recipients of the information in vulnerable communities
  • Representatives of local government line agencies directly involved in disaster management
  • Representatives from local partner organization
  • Relevant government organizations who could potentially scale out this approach to other disaster-prone areas in Pakistan

We encourage participants with a basic knowledge of handling electrical and electronic equipment.

 

Background

The Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) is vulnerable to climate-related natural hazards such as floods and flash floods, which threaten the lives and livelihoods of communities, particularly during the monsoon season. Climate change is projected to exacerbate these risks. To address flood hazards and improve the resilience of vulnerable communities, we piloted the Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS) in different river tributaries in Afghanistan, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, for which we were awarded UNFCCC’s “Momentum for Change: 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award“. CBFEWS is a set of simple instruments installed upstream to detect floods and generates flood signals, which are communicated to downstream communities. As the information is near real-time, it increases lead time to prepare for effective flood response and evacuation.

 

Agenda

Venue: Hillview Hotel, Islamabad

Time Programme Speakers/Resource persons

Session 1: Opening session

Moderator: WWF-Pakistan

9:30–10:45 Tilawat-e-Kalam Pak Participants
Welcome remarks Rab Nawaz, Senior Director Programmes, WWF-Pakistan
Opening remarks Muhammad Riaz, Director General, PMD
Opening remarks Basanta Raj Shrestha, Director Strategic Cooperation, ICIMOD
Remarks Ayesha Khan, Country Director, Hashoo Foundation
Introductory remarks and the impact of flood and flash flood in the HKH Arun B Shrestha, Regional Programme Manager – River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
Objective and agenda of the training and conceptual framework of CBFEWS Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Senior Water and Adaptation Specialist/ Programme Coordinator- Koshi Basin Initiative, ICIMOD
Introducing CBFEWS instrument Muhammad Asad, CEO, BIS
Remarks by Chief Guest Ahmad Kamal, Chairman, FFC
10:45–11:00 Group photo and tea/coffee
11:00–12:45 Introduction and expectation of the participants (15 mins) Syed Asar Ul Hasnain, Coordinator-HKP, WWF-Pakistan
Socioeconomic aspects of CBFEWS (15 mins) Fazal Karim, Conservation Office, WWF and Ajaz Ali, Programme Officer, River Basins and Cryosphere, ICIMOD
Gender session (40 mins) Kosar Bano, Gender and Adaptation Specialist – Livelihoods, ICIMOD
Experience sharing from the field (15 mins) Fazal Karim, Conservation Office, WWF-Pakistan
Discussion and clarifications (20 mins) Fazal Karim, Conservation Office, WWF-Pakistan
12:45–13:30 Lunch

Session 2: Scoping, risk assessment, networking, resilience building and sustainability

Moderator: Muhammad Mudassar Maqsood, ICIMOD

13:30–15:00 Risk knowledge and scoping (20 mins) Fazal Karim, Conservation Office, WWF-Pakistan
Site selection criteria (10 mins Ghufran Baig, Assistant Director, GBDMA
Key stakeholders and communication channel (20 mins) Muhammad Ali Qasim, IT & MIS Officer, AKAH
Roles and responsibilities (10 mins) Muhammad Ali Qasim, IT & MIS Officer, AKAH
Response capability and resilience building (10 mins) Ghufran Baig, Assistant Director, GBDMA
Sustainability mechanism (20 mins)

Shailendra Shakya, Consultant, CBFEWS, ICIMOD and Neera Shrestha Pradhan Senior Water and Adaptation Specialist/Programme Coordinator- Koshi Basin Initiative, ICIMOD

15:00–16:00 Discussion and group work (Working tea) Fazal Karim, Ghufran Baig and Muhammad Ali Qasim
16:00–16:30 Plenary presentation on group work Fazal Karim, Ghufran Baig and Muhammad Ali Qasim
16:30–17:00 Wrap of the day and next day plan Syed Asar Ul Hasnain, Coordinator-HKPL, WWF-Pakistan

Venue: Hillview Hotel, Islamabad

Time Programme Speakers/Resource persons
Session 3: Introduction to instrument

Moderator: Ajaz Ali & Shailendra Shakya, ICIMOD

9:30-9:45

9:45-12:30

Reflection of previous day

Demonstration and discussion

  • Overview
  • Introduction to instrument and parts
  • Know your tools
  • Understand instrument functioning
  • Installation procedure
  • Calibration of instrument
  • Testing the instrument
  • Operation and monitoring the instrument
  • Maintenance of the instrument
  • Fault finding and rectification
  • Replacement of parts and components
Ajaz Ali, ICIMOD

Muhammad Asad, CEO, BIS

(Running morning tea/coffee)

12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-16:30 Hands-on practice Muhammad Muzzamil, Director Technical, BIS
16:30-17:00 Feedback from participants, wrap up and next day plan Muhammad Irfan Virk, Deputy Director, PMD

Venue: Satrameel Watershed Station, Islamabad

Time Programme Speakers/Resource persons
Session 4: Testing instrument in the field
9:00-10:00 Departure to the field Asrar ul Hasnain, WWF-Pakistan
10:00-10:30 Briefing Ghufran Baig, GBDMA
10:30-12:30 Instrument test Muhammad Asad, BIS
12:30-13:30 Lunch at site Asrar ul Hasnain, WWF-Pakistan
13:30-17:00 Instrument test continued Muhammad Asad, BIS
17:00-18:00 Return from the field Asrar ul Hasnain, WWF-Pakistan

Venue: HillView Hotel, Islamabad

Time Programme Speakers/Resource persons
Session 5: Group work

Moderator: Ajaz Ali, ICIMOD

9:30–11:30 Group 1: Instrument installation

Group 2: Social mobilization

Muhammad Asad, CEO, BIS

Fazal Karim, Conservation Office, WWF-Pakistan

11:30-12:30 Reflection of the training, lessons learnt and way forward Muhammad Irfan Virk, Deputy Director, PMD
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30

Tea/coffee

Evaluation

Find the expert –queries on CBFEWS answered by participants

Muhammad Mudassar Maqsood, ICIMOD
Session 6: Closing session
14:30 -16:30 Closing Session

  • Debriefing of the national level hands-on training by Ali & Ghufran
  • Reflection of the training by Fazal Karim, WWF-Pakistan
  • Remarks by participants
  • Certificate distribution to the participants and resource person
  • Remarks by Azmat Hayat Khan, Director, PMD
  • Remarks by WWF-Pakistan
  • Closing remarks by Arun B Shrestha, ICIMOD
  • Vote of Thanks by Muhammad Ismail, ICIMOD
Moderator:

Syed Asar Ul Hasnain, Coordinator-HKPL, WWF-Pakistan

16:30 High tea