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International Workshop on "Safe, Connected Communities against Floods through RS & GIS Tools"

Islamabad - 13 March 2014: To strengthen and enhance the institutional and management capacity of Pakistan national institutes in flood early warning and flood hazard mapping, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) in collaboration with Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), organized a four-day international training and workshop on Safe, Connected Communities against Floods through RS and GIS Tools in Islamabad.

The workshop was organized as part of series of its kind supporting the national capacity building in flood forecasting system and hazard mapping of the flood plains along the Indus River initiated by UNESCO with the support of the Government of Japan in 2011.

The training workshop aimed at improving effective measurements of floods and hazard areas for mitigating risks to people's life and properties in the flood prone areas. Role and use of satellite technologies in flood hazard mapping and flood warnings, satellite based rainfall estimates, damage assessment and connecting communities against floods and Web based GIS visualization tool for information dissemination were the key themes of the event. The training workshop explored and provided great learning and experience sharing opportunity for national and international experts from Australia, China, France, Indonesia and Japan for strengthening of flood early warning system and management capacity of Pakistan.

Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform attended the workshop as Chief Guest. Others attending the workshop included, Ambassador of the Japan in Pakistan, and officials and representatives of Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD), Federal Flood Commission (FFD), United Nations Residence Coordination Office (UNRC), UNESCO Islamabad and Regional Bureau Office in Jakarta.
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