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UNESCO is assisting the Government of Pakistan to develop reliable flood early warning system of Pakistan

Islamabad - 21 December 2015: A two-day international workshop titled 'Meaning and Characterizing River Morphology for Hindcasting and Forecasting River Responses to Major Floods' was jointly organized by UNESCO, PCRWR and PMD aimed at setting up a common understanding and direction for river modelling data requirements, from acquisition and measurement methods to effective use in river floods simulations which will be extended from Indus IFAS system to the tributary rivers of the Indus i.e. Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej. This international workshop is part of phase-II of UNESCO's "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan" Project, which was launched in March 2015, worth USD 4.05 million. The phase-I of the project worth USD 3.7 million was launched in July 2011 and completed in 2014 in a bit to respond to the 2010 devastated flood in cooperation with the Government of Japan. His Excellency Mr. Hiroshi Inomata, Ambassador of the Japan was chief guest of the event while Dr. Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Regional Science Director of Asia and the Pacific, Dr. Muhammad Ashraf, Chairman PCRWR, Mr. Mitsuyoshi Kawasaki, Representative of JICA, and Dr. Ghulam Rasool, Director General PMD were also present at the workshop.

Ambassador of the Japan commended the immense efforts of UNESCO, PCRWR, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), for their efforts, in his remarks. Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific extended his gratitude to the Government of Japan for their support and highlighted the success of Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning System and Management Capacity of Pakistan Project. He informed that based on the successful accomplishments of the phase-I project, countries like Namibia, South Sudan, and Myanmar also showed their interest in seeking help from UNESCO and ICHARM to strengthen their flood early warning system.

The international conference was attended by representatives from national and international partner organizations such as International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency - JAXA, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Federal Flood Commission (FFD) and international experts from Australia, France, Indonesia and Japan and their expertise will further enhance river modelling and flood forecasting models for Indus and the Eastern Rivers.