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UNESCO signed “Strengthening of Flood Early Warning System in Pakistan” project with Govternment Of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

The signing ceremony of Strengthening of Flood Early Warning System in Pakistan” project was held on July 12, 2011 at Serena Hotel Islamabad. The official notes for this project were signed and exchanged between Japanese
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Ambassador to Pakistan, Hiroshi Oe and Representative of the UNESCO in Pakistan, Dr Kozue Kay Nagata.

The Grant Agreement was signed between Mr. Nishikata Takatoshi Representative, JICA Pakistan and Representative of the UNESCO in Pakistan, Dr Kozue Kay Nagata. The event was attended by Chairman SUPARCO Mr. Bilal Ahmad, Director General Pakistan Metrological Department Mr. Arif Mehmood and Chief of Water Planning Commission Mr. Naseer Ahmad Gillani. Officials from Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and Indus River System Authority (IRSA) also attended the event.

The Government of Japan is generously funding the project worth $3.48 million over two years; the objectives of the project are:

1. Strategic Augmenting of Flood Forecasting and Hazard Mapping     Capacity
2. Knowledge Platforms for Sharing Transboundary and     Community Data
3. Capacity Development for Flood Forecasting and Hazard     Mapping

The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHARM) has developed a concise flood-runoff analysis system as a toolkit for more effective and efficient flood forecasting in developing countries. This system is called "Integrated Flood Analysis System (IFAS)". A diagnostic hydrological analysis of floods in the Indus basin will be carried by UNESCO in cooperation with PMD and ICHARM staff to clearly outline the forecasting modelling needs. The forecasting model development will also build on the efforts of the South Asia Flood Monitoring Group using the Sentinel Asia Network through close cooperation with UNESCO’s International Flood Initiative (IFI), Japan Meteorological Agency, JAXA, NASA and their relevant partners. A detailed database comprising of the relevant spatial and temporal information will be prepared by UNESCO (local consultant) in cooperation with relevant Pakistan organizations and in coordination with ICHARM.

The project will benefit all flood-affected areas by working closely with all relevant departments of the Government of Pakistan. At the technical level the project’s primary beneficiaries are the Pakistan Meteorological Department (especially its Flood Forecasting Division), Federal Flood Commission (FFC) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

At the provincial and local government levels, the project will benefit Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMAs) and District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) who, according to the ongoing UN-led disaster need assessment (DNA), are in major need of capacity reinforcement.

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