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Training Workshop on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System"

Islamabad 26-28 June 2018: UNESCO and Centre for Disaster Preparedness Management (CDPM) jointly organized a three-day training workshop on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System" under UNESCO's "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan-phase-II" Project launched in March 2015 in cooperation with the Government of Japan.

DRR experts from NDMA, NIDM, PCRWR, Academia, Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities of AJK, FATA, Sindh, Balochistan and Punjab provinces attended the training workshop.

The recurring disasters in Pakistan are undermining sustainable development globally and result in the need of strategic planning and management of disasters. To address this need, capacity building and training is essential at various levels, including for managers and disaster risk reduction (DRR) professionals to support DRR and enhance resilience. The purpose of this training was to benefit the government officials responsible for disaster management policy and planning and enhance their conceptual understanding and operational skills on flood management through flood forecasting and early warning systems. The training will help to reduce the vulnerabilities of the poor and downtrodden population to flood and will provide opportunities of an effective response in event of flood. There was a blended learning approach for the training including presentations, group work, and guided sessions of practical exercise.

By the end of this training, the participants were expected to be able to:

 Understand the recurring disasters in Pakistan and its impacts globally;
 Effects of floods on disaster prone communities in Pakistan and how local communities can contribute to flood preparedness and management in their areas;
 Conduct flood risk assessment for establishing an effective forecasting and early warning system in Pakistan
 Understand disaster risk management cycle (Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Recovery in Pre and Post Flood Emergency Situation).