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 Newsletter no.13, February 2007

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APFM promotes Integrated Flood Management component in JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) Training Course

 

APFM and Cap-Net (Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management) launch joint Capacity Building Programme on Integrated Flood Management

 

International Conference on “Hydrogeological Hazards”, Bucharest, Romania

  Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, Bonn, Germany
   International Symposium on Sustainable Flood Management, Seoul, Korea
  Improving Interaction between Providers of Climate Information and Water Managers
  Sponsorship opportunity for Flood Managers to attend the 4th International Symposium on Flood Defence 
  Recently released Publication and Translation 

 
APFM promotes Integrated Flood Management component in JICA Training Course

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) organized two training courses for flood practitioners and water resources managers from government organizations of 15 countries. APFM delivered lectures on the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) concept in both training courses- River and Dam Engineering III and Flood Hazard Mapping organised on the 31st October and 6th November 2007 respectively. The lectures covered various areas of flood management including environmental, social, legal and economic aspects. It provided an opportunity to discuss the issues within the context of flood management activities in participant’s respective countries. APFM publications were made available as a basic material to guide them into further details of each aspect. APFM pilot projects were also introduced, and explained to show real practices in the field.

Infrastructure Development Institute (IDI) of Japan supervised the course “River and Dam Engineering III”. It provided knowledge and skills of the planning and the design of river improvement and water resources management. 10 trainees were drawn from China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Laos, Myanmar, Nigeria, Panama, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Zambia. The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), supervised the “Flood Hazard Mapping” course, that provided knowledge and skills to formulate flood hazard maps and enhance people’s capability and awareness in mitigating flood risks through flood hazard maps. 16 trainees from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines Thailand and Vietnam participated.

APFM will continuously contribute to JICA training courses to bring the global and latest knowledge of IFM to flood practitioners.  It is the expectation that through such trainings, participants will be able to extend their knowledge base to develop multi-disciplinarity approaches to flood management activities.

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APFM and Cap-Net launch joint Capacity Building Programme on Integrated Flood Management

APFM and Cap-Net (Capacity Building for Integrated Water Resources Management) have agreed to jointly step up efforts to build in-country capacities to apply the concepts of Integrated Flood Management in practice. The focus of the current effort is on developing training material and delivery of trainings in three key areas:

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flood policy development for policy makers as well as water and flood managers; 

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community-based flood management for district/municipal level authorities and national NGOs active in community outreach projects in water or disaster management, 

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urban flood management for municipalities of urban agglomerations.

After the material development phase, the first trainings are planned for the second half of 2007. The planned trainings are conceived as short courses between 3 to 5 days, or in form of short introductory courses as part of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) trainings. As planning for these trainings will commence over the coming months, institutions falling within the scope of the proposed action that are interested in hosting trainings within their institution, are invited to contact the APFM at apfm@wmo.int.

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International Conference on “Hydrogeological Hazards”, Bucharest, Romania 

APFM has been working with Romania on the pilot project in the Cheia area to put the IFM principles into practice particularly with reference to flash floods. The conference on Hydro-geological Hazards held in Bucharest, Romania, from the 6 to the 8 November 2006 provided WMO an opportunity to illustrate and advocate the concept of IFM and present the major outcomes and results of this joint WMO/GWP-Romania pilot project.

In the past few years Romania has experienced numerous floods and flash floods, which overshadowed the historical floods of the 1970s in terms of material damages and human losses.

The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of Romania is in the process of adopting a new National Strategy for Management of Flood Risks, based on the concepts of IFM.

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Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, Bonn, Germany

The APFM made a poster presentation on “Transboundary Flood Management” at the Fourth Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Water Convention, held in Bonn, Germany, 20-22 November 2006. (Download PDF: Flyer and Poster)

The Meeting of the Parties adopted the Model Provisions on Transboundary Flood Management. The Model Provisions, including a commentary, are available at
http://www.unece.org/env/documents/2006/wat/ece.mp.wat.2006.4.e.pdf

The APFM has critically accompanied the development process of the above-mentioned Model Provisions, in view of the recently published paper on the “Legal and Institutional Aspects of Integrated Flood Management”. The Model Provisions set out riparian countries’ obligations that can be included in legal instruments on transboundary waters or on flood management. For riparian countries wishing to jointly address flood issues with their co-riparians, these model provision can provide an important basis and starting point of cooperation and negotiations.

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International Symposium on Sustainable Flood Management, Seoul, Korea

Increasing flood disasters in South Korea in recent years have drawn the attention of the South Korean Government to give a fresh look at its flood management policies. To address the issue and get multi-disciplinary inputs, the Presidential Commission on Sustainable Development organised an International Symposium on Sustainable Flood Management with various stakeholder ministries, departments, institutions and civil society groups and also invited selected experts on flood management issues around the world. The symposium was organised on 28 November 2006 in Seoul.

APFM as one of the UN Institutions working on flood issues was also invited to present the concepts of IFM. The APFM presentation elaborated the basic principles of Integrated Flood Management and pre-requisites to be addressed for its implementation. Integrated Flood Management requires adopting a river basin approach to planning through multidisciplinary inputs in order to reduce flood vulnerability and risks. Such an approach requires an understanding of the river basin as one hydrologic unit, impact of development activities in the basin on the hydrological and morphological processes and vice-versa, addressing multiple-hazards through risk management principles and an active involvement of various stakeholders. 

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Improving interaction between providers of Climate Information and Water Managers 

The impact of climate variability and change on water resources depends not only on changes in the volume, timing, and quality of streamflow and recharge but also on system characteristics, changing pressures on the system, how management of the system evolves, and what adaptations to climate change are implemented. In the framework of the World Climate Programme-Water (WCP-Water), WMO is promoting the implementation of several demonstration projects on the impact of climate variability and change on water resources in specific regions. Furthermore, efforts are under way to enhance the utility of Climate Outlook Forums (RCOFs) in water resources management. 

One of the major reasons why predictive climate information is at present not fully utilized by water managers is the lack of a generally agreed conceptual framework for the use of climate predictions/scenarios. Milestones to address these issues are the conclusions of an expert meeting between climate specialists and water managers held in December 2006 at the WMO. Since the higher climate variability and potential climate change has substantial repercussions on the magnitude of future flood risks as well as the adaptive management techniques required, close collaboration would help flood managers understand these issues in planning for flood management. Despite existing uncertainties, information on climate variability as well as climate change scenarios is sufficient for developing adaptation strategies and measures. Validating predictive skills of climate models and their utility for water management should be one focus of the conceptual framework for follow-up activities proposed at the meeting. 

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Sponsorship opportunity for flood managers to attend the 4th International Symposium on Flood Defence 

The APFM has made available a sponsoring opportunity to enable participants from developing countries to attend the 4th International Symposium on Flood Defence (ISFD4) to be held at Toronto, Canada in May 14-16 2008. The support will provide an opportunity for 5 flood managers to bring to the attention of global audience opportunities, constraints and good practices in flood management in their countries. The support is intended to facilitate discussion at the Symposium about various available flood management options for countries with different socio-economic conditions.
For details see http://www.flood2008.org/flood/financial.html

Call for Abstracts 

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) invites you to submit abstracts for papers, case study presentations or posters for the 4th International Symposium on Flood Defence.  Individuals wishing to participate are invited to prepare an abstract not exceeding 500 words (in English) and state their preferred presentation format. Please visit the conference website http://www.flood2008.org/ for more information and instructions for submission of abstracts. 

 

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Recently released publication and translation


 

Social Aspects and Stakeholder Involvement in Integrated Flood Management (Flood Management Policy Series).

Download (PDF): Social Aspects and Stakeholder Involvement in Integrated Flood Management (English)

 
 

Spanish translation of the Flood Management Policy Series publication on “Legal and Institutional Aspects of Integrated Flood Management” (Spanish title: “Aspectos jurídicos e institucionales de la gestión integrada de crecidas”).

Download (PDF): Legal and Institutional Aspects of Integrated Flood Management (Spanish)

 

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