Quantcast
Back to news
10 Dec 2014 | HICAP

ICIMOD bags UNFCCC’s ‘Momentum for Change: 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award’ at COP20/CMP10

0 mins Read

70% Complete

ICIMOD’s Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CB-FEWS) received UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change: 2014 Lighthouse Activity Award’ under the ICT Solutions category on 10 December 2014 amidst a grand ceremony in Lima, Peru. The award ceremony was inaugurated by Ban Ki-moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of UNFCCC. Momentum for Change, an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat, recognizes innovative and transformative solutions, or ‘lighthouse activities’, that address both climate change and wider economic, social and environmental challenges. For 2014, the initiative recognized climate change action in four key areas, one of which was information and communication technology (ICT) solutions. On behalf of Aaranyak, SEE and ICIMOD, Dr David Molden and Neera Shrestha Pradhan from ICIMOD received the award in the presence of Aaranyak and district level representatives from Assam, India.

 

 

ICIMOD’s Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CB-FEWS) is a shining example of how ICT can help build communities’ capacity to cope with the effects of climate change. This remarkable initiative is being implemented in the two districts of Lakhimpur and Dhemaji of Assam, India in partnership with Aaranyak, India and Sustainable Eco Engineering (SEE), Nepal under ICIMOD’s Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). The CB-FEWS makes innovative use of ICT through a social process of networking and information exchange. It uses simple and low cost technology, which includes a wireless transmitter and receiver unit, and voice and SMS service via mobile phones.

Neera Shrestha Pradhan from ICIMOD provided background information on the CB-FEWSat the UNFCCC Secretariat’s side event ‘Momentum for Change: Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Solutions’. She said the system is people-centered, uses low-cost ICT tools, and is simple enough to be grasped by those at risk. Partha Jyoti Das, who looks after the Water Climate and Hazard Programme atAaranyak, stressed that the level of acceptance of particular technologies varies across communities owing to their diverse cultures and traditions. He shared success stories from Dihiri, India, and said that enhancing ICT tools and scaling up and scaling out CB-FEWS can pave the way forward.

The UNFCCC Momentum for Change initiative is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, and operates in partnership with the World Economic Forum and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.

Stay current

Stay up to date on what’s happening around the HKH with our most recent publications and find out how you can help by subscribing to our mailing list.

22 Jul 2019 Water
Fourth regional hands-on training on community-based flood early warning systems

Floods and flash floods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya cause considerable loss of lives and property, particularly during the monsoon. ...

8 Sep 2016 Gender in Koshi
Ratu River Communities Prepared for Flash Floods

A team from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) visited community based flood early warning system (CBFEWS) sites ...

8 Mar 2017 RMS
Kalchebesi’s Real Entrepreneurs: Women Spearheading Adaptation to Climate Change

Many experts and researches have claimed that women suffer the impacts of climate change more than men do. This is ...

At the ready for floods in the Koshi: CBFEWS orientation trainings during the pandemic

Even as communities reel from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, the threat of floods is omnipresent. Koshi River drains ...

12 May 2017 HICAP
ICIMOD Knowledge Products Launched at IPCC Event in Kathmandu, Nepal

Adaptation Solution Brief: Strengthening women’s roles as risk and resource managers at the frontline of climate change Launched by Nand Kishor ...

Government of Nepal allocates public investment to Shardu Khola as a priority national urban watershed

In 2018, the Department of Soil Conservation and Watershed Management (DSCWM) under Nepal’s Ministry of Forests and Environment listed Shardu ...

9 Sep 2016 HICAP
Outscaling community-based flood early warning systems in Assam

Every year, monsoon precipitation results in floods of various magnitudes inundating large areas of the Ganges, Brahmaputra, and Indus basins ...

10 Sep 2012 HICAP
Roundtable explores links between migration and adaptation

A roundtable at ICIMOD on 23 August brought together national stakeholders from Nepal, including representatives of government, NGOs, and international ...