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UNESCO Launches International Conference on Flood Management Systems

Two-days International Conference on 'Regulation of Hydraulic Structures for Flood Management' was organized by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Islamabad with Pakistan Water Partnership (PWP)
and Planning Commission of Pakistan on 28th and 29th of June 2013.
The aim was to assess the need for revisions of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of major reservoirs especially the Tarbela dam. As an outcome of two days, the conference drew recommendations by reviewing problems in present SOPs, its elucidation and solution for better management of water resources in the country especially in flood scenarios.

UNESCO initiated this project with the funding of Government of Japan. Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Council (SUPARCO). Several trainings have been conducted in which more than 500 mid career managers were trained. Professionals of PMD and SUPARCO were sent over to ICHARM for MS Degrees.

Minister of Planning and Development, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal and Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Deputy Director UNESCO Asia Region emphasized on need to address larger issues of water in Pakistan including scarcity, pollution, ground water sedimentation and per capita availability and also highlighted the high technical and scientific expertise of UNESCO geared to improve the early warning flood systems in Pakistan.

Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, representative UNESCO Pakistan, Timo Pakkala, Resident Coordinator, United Nations Pakistan and Mr. Akira Kono, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of Japan to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, all congratulated international cooperation to work with UNESCO, since 2010 on disaster response plans and showed their confidence on UNESCO and government in Pakistan.

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