UNESCO IHP-RSC, IDI, IFI Special Session
Regional delivery of SDGs a focus on Hydroinformatics and Education for Hydrohazards
ICWRER – June 2016, Kyoto, Japan
On 7 June 2016, a UNESCO International Hydrological Programme Regional Steering Committee (IHP-RSC), International Drought Initiative (IDI), International Flood Initiative (IFI) special session took place at ICWRER 2016 in Kyoto, Japan. The theme of the session was “Regional delivery of SDGs a focus on Hydroinformatics and Education for Hydrohazards” in Asia and the Pacific region and four distinguished panellist, Prof Guillermo III Tabios, current chairperson of IHP-RSC and from University of the Philippines, Prof Kenichiro Kobayashi from Kobe University and member of IHP-RSC, Prof Toshio Koike Director of International Centre for Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHARM) and Secretary of IFI and Prof Ali Chavoshian Director of Regional Centre for Urban Water Management Tehran under the auspices of UNESCO (RCUWM-Tehran) and Secretary of IDI. The session was co-chaired by Prof Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO, by SKYPE), Prof Tabios and Prof Tachikawa.
The objective of this session was to discuss the progress in hydroinformatics and education for hydrohazards in Asia and the Pacific region and how it can contribute to build a water secure region through but not limited to IHP network in collaboration with other international organisation such as WMO and funding bodies such as World Bank or ADB.
The panellists identified the following points as the next practical steps and direction for Asia and the Pacific region to be undertaken by UNESCO in order to help towards a water secure region and deliver Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the SDGs and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change :
- The importance of water governance needs to be enforced in efficient disaster risk reduction measures
- The need for freely available statistical and hydrological analysis models or modules to build on the data collected in the Catalogue of Rivers in order to assess water-related disasters impacts in the region and the start of a new IHP-RSC project, the Catalogue of Hydrological Processes and call for contributions from the region not limited to IHP-RSC members, UNESCO Category II centres and Water Chairs in the region.
- The need to strengthen hydrohazards management capacity at the national level for other champion projects like the JICA funded UNESCO project in Pakistan “Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan” which can be showcased
- The need for an online UNESCO catalogue of activities and trainings delivered in the region to strengthen hydrohazards management capacity at regional level
- The proposal by IDI to make IDI a multi-UN initiative like IFI by including WMO in the first step.
- It has been suggested that both IFI and IDI should work in close collaboration in order to improve hydrohazard management in Asia-Pacific.
- The need for a Drought Policy Report for the region under the leadership of UNESCO.