Workshop to strengthen flood forecasting and early warning systems
Gabala, Azerbaijan, 16 July 2014 – A two-day workshop on flood forecasting and early warning systems has kicked off today. Held as part of the project “Integrating Climate Change Risks into Water & Flood Management by Vulnerable Mountainous Communities in the Greater Caucasus Region,” the workshop brings together local stakeholders including project staff, beneficiaries, national and international experts, and delegates from the vulnerable mountainous communities in question. They plan to share their expertise on flood forecasting and early warning systems in the field.
Mr. Mazahir Efendiyev, UNDP Cluster Manager, opened the workshop, briefed the participants about the goals of the project, and informed them about major expected outcomes. Further, to raise resilience levels in flood forecasting, the participants held group discussions about early warning system components such as risk knowledge, monitoring and warning, communication and dissemination, and response capability.
Other workshop participants included: representatives from the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Agency of Water Resources under the Ministry of Emergency Situations, Land Reclamation and Water Management OJSC, AzerSu OJSC, the Land and State Committee of Land Cartography, and various other local and international experts.
The project, implemented since 2012, aims to reduce the vulnerability of mountainous communities of Azerbaijan to water scarcity and flood threats by improving water and flood management. The project is also designed to improve this management at a legislative and policy level, to enhance institutional capacity, and to hold trainings to encourage active participation of communities in water and flood management.
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