IHP-WISER in AP International Hydrological Programme Water Informatics for Sustainability and Enhanced Resilience in Asia and the Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region must overcome growing challenges in water resource management due to its vast population, high rate of urbanization and vulnerability to climate change. Therefore innovative solutions, analysis and tools need to be developed and effective training should build capacity to strengthen and achieve sustainable water resource managements and ensure enhanced resilience of its communities. The region does have a solid International Hydrological Programme (IHP) network embodied by its Regional Steering Committee (RSC), which has importantly contributed in building capacity of water managers in the region and generated successful cooperation across the region and beyond for 22 years including over the past five years with the JFIT funded project, WINGA-ASPAC (Water Interoperability Networks for Global Change Adaption). The present project will build on existing outputs and networks and will be focus on capacity building under policy recommendations for comprehensive risk management on water disasters in cooperation with ICHARM (International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management). Policy recommendation for water related disaster risk management should aim to anticipate and minimize negative impacts of water-related disaster. Therefore hydrological models and simulations of different scenarios of disasters become necessary in order to understand their impact and be able to propose efficient mitigation measures and their implementation.

This project will last 36 months and will be articulated around the following activities :

  • Activity 1: training and dissemination of the Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis first module (including computer program and examples from the ASPAC region and a regional training workshop for the region) capitalising on the Catalogue of Rivers which has been developed in the region since 2002 and provide hydrological models of river basins in the region as the starting point of comprehensive extreme climate risk management and to give scientific background for policy recommendation.
  • Activity 2: development of curriculum for water education on ecohydrology and IWRM (Integrated Water Resources Management) for climate change water disaster impact resilience based on sustainability science in Asia and the Pacific (including a visioning workshop) linking science and policy.
  • Activity 3: Organizing the IHP Training Course with Kyoto and Nagoya University as partner.
  • Activity 4: IHP-RSC meetings in conjunction with international conferences. The international conferences are the occasion to showcase state of art of the knowledge and technologies on the theme selected. The RSC meetings contribute to maintain the interoperability of water networks in the AP region including networks for training which will lead to enhanced capacity building.