Japan, Unesco to improve Pak flood warning system

STAFF REPORT ISB: The Government of Japan and UNESCO have agreed to implement a project worth $4.05 million to further improve flood warning and management capacity of the government of Pakistan.

This project is the second phase of the earlier project implemented by UNESCO with the financial assistance of Japan.

This project will contribute to enhancing the reliability and accuracy of IFAS as well as expanding the coverage of IFAS and RRI model to Eastern Rivers. In addition, JICA and UNESCO plan to promote sharing of flood forecasting information among Pakistan and its neighboring countries, especially Afghanistan.

More than 39 districts are now being covered with the flood forecasting and early warning system of IFAS, and more than 53 million residents in 32 districts located in the lower Indus River basin are now served with the new flood hazard maps generated by the RRI model. However, the Eastern Rivers are yet to be covered by IFAS and the RRI model; and the accuracy of IFAS should be further increased.

Kazuyuki Nakane, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, hoped this project would contribute to protecting more lives and properties from future floods.

In her remarks, Vibeke Jensen, Director UNESCO Islamabad, reaffirmed UNESCOs strong commitment to continue building Pakistans capacity in disaster forecasting and management.

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