APFM participated in the F2F Event 2016: Urban DRR and Urban Resilience organized by the Swiss NGO DRR Platform in Thun, Switzerland from 6 to 8 December 2016. The objective for APFM was to network with NGOs working in the field on disaster risk reduction and flood management issues, as well as to understand the needs of NGOs on flood management issues and find out how to better collaborate. APFM moderated a 40-minute session with the participation of about 10 participants on the topic of integrated flood management (IFM) in urban areas. An infographic based on the IFM Tool: Urban Flood Management in a Changing Climate was presented during the session to convey the main challenges related to flood risk management and possible actions in urban areas, the concept of IFM, as well as the role and activities of APFM.
APFM took part in an Expert Meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria from 13 to 15 July 2016 to provide support in developing training modules on flood hazard assessment and protection of nuclear facilities against floods. Experts invited to the meeting – comprising WMO, Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) and Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia (IUSS Pavia) – discussed the structure and contents of these modules and helped to disseminate available tools on non-nuclear expertise such as flood risk mapping and harmonizing methods for risk assessment. Based on this expert meeting, a regional training course on flood safety for nuclear installations was organized by IAEA in Pavia, Italy from 28 November-2 December 2016. An expert from WMO facilitated two sessions focusing on data issues and models, with very positive feedback from participants.
APFM participated in a three-day workshop held from 8 to 10 November 2016 in Ankara, Turkey under the Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey (IPA FLOODS). The objectives of the workshop were to support the preparation of River-Basin Management Plans (RBMP) and Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMP) in Turkey; to increase the capacity of national experts to combine structural and non-structural measures in flood management,; and to share data related to Flood Risk Management and the EU Floods Directive (EUFD) within the IPA FLOODS Flood Risk Information System. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Water Resources of the Government of Turkey, together with partners including CIMA Foundation and the Italian Civil Protection. During this workshop, APFM facilitated three sessions on the topics of structural and non-structural measures and their impact when combined, cost/benefit and multi-criteria analyses (theory and application), and the FRMP and RBMP taking the environmental aspects into consideration.
The APFM Team attended FLOODrisk 2016, the third European Conference on Flood Risk Management, which was held in Lyon, France from 18-21 October 2016. FLOODrisk brought together researchers, policy makers and practitioners across the globe, providing them a platform for sharing their experience in flood risk analysis and innovations in risk management.
The conference was a good opportunity for APFM to learn about innovations and touch base with current partners, as well as to enhance its visibility among and explore synergies with potential partners.
The sessions focused on characterizing flood hazard, consequences and flood risk; risk reduction and management; flood event management; and decision making, policy and governance. A number of innovative approaches were presented during the conference, such as amphibious architecture, evacuation modeling, smartphone applications for disseminating live information on flood risks to citizens, and e-learning tools to improve the resilience of small businesses.
The Associated Programme on Flood Management Advisory and Management Committees held their annual meeting at the World Meteorological Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12 to 13 September 2016 to review the work done in the past year and to discuss the way forward.
Among the various achievements in the past year highlighted during the meeting was the publication of six new Flood Management Tools: The Role of the Media in IFM, Public Perception of Flood Risk and Social Impact Assessment (English and French), Effectiveness of Flood Management Measures, Reservoir Operations and Managed Flows (ver. 2.1), Health and Sanitation Aspects of Flood Management and Technical Assistance for the Preparation on an Advocacy Strategy (English and Spanish). The development of a range of training materials in cooperation with partners was also discussed, in addition to training sessions held in France, Croatia, Switzerland and Paraguay, and the completion of the pilot project in Thailand and Lao PDR on Community Based Flood Management, implemented since 2014 with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC).
APFM also welcomed four new Support Base Partners to the network supporting the IFM HelpDesk: FICH – Universidad del Litoral in Santa Fe, Argentina, PROHIMET, UNU-FLORES and Rivers without Boundaries.
In light of the financial situation of the Programme, during the year ahead APFM will focus on implementing a new business model to ensure its sustainability in the provision of services to support IFM implementation. Standard activities (such as production of IFM Tools and delivery of training workshops) are not planned to have the priority in the forecoming year, with much more energy being focused on the identification of opportunities and synergies for the implementation of IFM practices, and the provision of technical assistance to countries approaching the IFM HelpDesk. This will also entail closer cooperation with the network of Support Base Partners. Synergies with the sister programme of APFM, the Integrated Drought Management Programme, will also be explored.
To view the meeting documents and presentations, please click on the links below:
Plan de Transferencia, Intercambio y Gestión de Conocimiento para el Desarrollo de la Cooperación Española en América Latina y el Caribe (INTERCOONECTA) is a key initiative of the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo (AECID) geared towards responding to the needs and contributing to the institutional strengthening of the Latin America and Caribbean region.
Under this plan, the Red Latinoamericana de Centros de Conocimiento de Gestión de Recursos Hídricos (RALCEA) and AECID are organizing Curso: Gestión Integrada de Crecidas, which will be held in the Centro de Formación de la Cooperación Española de Montevideo, Uruguay from 17 to 21 October 2016. This activity is financed with resources from Latin American Investment Facility (LAIF) of the European Union and AECID, and is supported by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The course aims to develop an integrated and interdisciplinary vision of flood management and urban flooding. It also seeks to provide people in charge of water management and decision making with useful knowledge in sustainable and integrated flood management. Moreover, the course is aimed at those who can act as multipliers of this knowledge: technical and professional personnel of the various institutions integrated within the Conferencia de Directores Iberoamericanos del Agua (CODIA) ; technical and professional staff of state/provincial , national and local levels agencies; and/or professionals in water resources management, disaster management, land use management and land use planning, particularly in the areas of civil defense, security forces personnel, representatives of non-governmental organizations and community leaders, among others.
To view the course program, click here.
Applications must be completed online. Click here to apply.
The deadline ends on August 28, 2016. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered. Applications that do not contain all the information required in the notice will not be taken into account.
A three-day conference was organized by the Alto Adriatico Water Authority from 7 to 9 June 2016 in Venice on “Citizen Observatories for Flood Management” to explore roles and opportunities for active citizen participation in environmental monitoring and policy making. The conference connected different experts’ points of view by engaging researchers, policy makers and practitioners who are actively involved in improving the understanding of citizen science initiatives. In the context of this event, APFM gave a presentation on the 8th of June on “Giving Value to Popular Knowledge for Monitoring Natural Hazards”, which delved into crowdsourcing, popular knowledge and innovative tools. Examples for involving citizens in flood monitoring were discussed in the presentation, while also underlining the benefits and limits of this approach.
The conference was followed by a field visit in the city of Vicenza on the 10th of June for a demonstration in which the Vicenza Civil Protection set up “aquadikes”, simulated saving someone from floodwaters, and reported information to the emergency services. Different devices for water-related data collection and transmission that had been presented during the conference were also demonstrated first hand. The technical aspects of the workshop were a success because of the presence of a diverse group of stakeholders with backgrounds ranging from technical to social backgrounds. The conference provided a great opportunity to network with key institutions and relevant projects for existing and oncoming WMO activities.
WMO was invited by Geneva University to participate in a “one to few” roundtable dedicated to environment and sustainable development professions in April 2016. Each speaker was given time to lead one roundtable discussion and present one’s background, current working position and responsibilities. An open discussion then took place between each speaker and students, who asked questions on how to write a smart CV/cover letter, how to leverage one’s experience and how to approach organizations working in these fields. After 20 minutes, students then moved to another table led by another speaker with whom they were interested in interacting.
- Public Perception of Flood Risk and Social Impact AssessmentFebruary 24, 2016 - 9:13 am
- Technical Assistance for the Preparation of an Advocacy StrategyFebruary 17, 2016 - 10:20 am
- Health and Sanitation Aspects of Flood ManagementJanuary 26, 2016 - 8:23 am
- The Role of the Media in Flood ManagementJanuary 19, 2016 - 10:30 am