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.
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