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International Training Workshop

After 2010 and 2011 floods in Pakistan all the stakeholders agreed that there is a need to review flood management procedures because in wake of global climatic changes we should update and synergies these procedures for loss minimization. In cooperation
with the Government of Japan, UNESCO started to facilitate the endeavor through, by upgrading the flood forecasting & early warning systems and risk mapping of flood plains along the Indus River.

As a key component of the UNESCO’s Project "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan", the workshop was organized at NUST Institute of Civil Engineering from 20-23 Dec, 2011 in cooperation with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan Metrological Department (PMD), SUPARCO and other partner organizations. One of the key objectives of the workshop is to compile all the available Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of organizations involved in Flood Management in Pakistan. In total there were more than 60 participants from partner organizations and stakeholders.

Following learning objectives were achieved in the workshop:
 Understanding of integrated flood forecasting, warning and management approach pre, during and post flood events.
 Understand the social, environmental, economic, legal and institutional dimensions of flood management in Pakistan, and as such the interdisciplinary nature of concept and to appreciate the possible contribution of each discipline.
 Understand the full range of flood management measures (structural and non structural measures).
 Build understanding of all stakeholders on forecasting and early warning process to enhance confidence on flood warnings.
 Develop synergies aiming involved institutions and individuals to work closely for flood management.
 Develop SOPs to communicate and respond in effective manner.