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Floods are a major natural disaster aggravating poverty in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) and Indus river basins – home to over 600 million people and almost half of the world's poor.
The Establishment of a Regional Flood Information System in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region (HKH-HYCOS) project promotes the timely exchange of flood data and information for the reduction of flood vulnerability within and among the participating countries though and established and agreed platform which is accessible and user friendly.
The project is based on the results of a series of consultative meetings with representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan held between 2001 and 2005, during which the project was recommended for implementation. It is designed to provide immediate and full ownership of the project to the participating countries. It will be executed by the relevant national institutions and ICIMOD will have an implementing and coordinating role. The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) principal responsibilities will be in the areas of technical and conceptual backstopping.
Minimize the loss of lives and livelihoods by reducing flood vulnerability in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region with specific reference to the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus river basins.
Mandira Singh Shrestha
Senior Water Resources Specialist
Initiative Coordinator: HYCOS
Vijay Ratan Khadgi
Assistant Project Coordinator