The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has been providing technical support to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) of the Bangladesh Water Development Board (BWDB) to improve its flood model, especially in developing more accurate boundary discharge information for monsoon and flash flood forecasting. ICIMOD has also extended support to the FFWC in developing a user-friendly mobile application – BWDB Flood App – which aims to make flood warning information more accessible to the public.
To this end, a half-day stakeholder consultation workshop will be organized in Dhaka on 5 March 2019 by FFWC with support from ICIMOD. The workshop will bring together FFWC/BWDB professionals and other stakeholders. The media will also be part of the workshop as it plays a vital role in disseminating flood warning information across the country and in providing alerts and guidance to government agencies in the distribution of relief materials during emergencies.
This workshop will focus on familiarizing stakeholders with the flood dissemination tools produced by the FFWC and on accessing flood information using the BWDB Flood App.
The main objectives of this workshop are as follows:
- To create awareness among stakeholders about the current flood forecasting system with improved outlook
- To introduce the BWDB Flood App to the main stakeholders engaged in flood disaster management Feedback from stakeholders is expected to improve the quality of forecasts and orient the dissemination system towards meeting user needs.
The workshop is being organized under the SERVIR Hindu Kush Himalaya (SERVIR-HKH) Initiative at ICIMOD that supports its regional member countries in disaster risk reduction and enhances climate services by integrating Earth observation data and geospatial technologies into development decision making.
SERVIR connects space to village by helping developing countries use satellite data to address critical challenges in food security, water resources, weather and climate, land use, and natural disasters. A partnership of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and leading technical organizations, SERVIR develops innovative solutions to improve livelihoods and foster self-reliance in Asia, Africa, and the Americas.