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UNESCO Builds Human Resource Capacity on Flood Management

Islamabad 2-4 May 2018: A three-day training workshop on "Flood Management through Flood Early Warning and Forecasting System" was jointly organized by UNESCO and Centre for Disaster Preparedness Management (CDPM). The workshop was part of UNESCO's "Strategic Strengthening of Flood Early Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan-phase-II" Project which was launched in March 2015 in cooperation with the Government of Japan.

The training workshop was attended by DRR experts from NDMA, NIDM, PCRWR, Academia, PDMAs and DDMAs of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan, Balochistan provinces.

The training enhanced the conceptual understanding and operational skills of the government officials 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.

By the end of this training course, the participants were able to:
- Understand the situation of disasters in Pakistan and at the global level
- Explore how flood affects the lives and livelihood of people in Pakistan
- Conduct flood risk assessment for establishing an effective forecasting and early warning system in Pakistan
- Take appropriate actions for flood management both in pre and post flood emergency situation
- opportunities for disaster preparedness, mitigations and post disaster recovery while implementing sectoral humanitarian and development programmes
- Find out how local people, specifically women, children, senior citizens, and people with disability can be protected during flood; and how communities can contribute to flood preparedness and management in their areas