UNESCO Special Session on AOGS Annual conference 2017

UNESCO hosted a special session at AOGS (Asia Oceania Geosciences Society annual conference) on 8 August 2017 in Singapore. The session was part of an ongoing coordination effort from UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific as the International Hydrological Programme- Regional Steering Committee for South East Asia and the Pacific (IHP-RSC SEAP) secretariat to promote IHP activities in the region for Water Security.

  • Developing and making accessible freely available statistical and hydrological analysis models or modules through the common effort of the development of the Catalogue of Hydrological Analysis of CHA supported by Japan Funds-in-Trust, drawing on data collected in the six volumes of the Catalogue of Rivers. Prof Kobayashi, Kobe University and IHP-Japan, presented the “Catalogues of Hydrologic Analysis for Hydro-Resilient Asia Pacific Region” with the newest development of CHA prototypes as well as a new strategy and call for contribution to be presented at the 15th IHP-RSC meeting in Manila in November 2017.
  • National efforts on hydro-hazard management tools for effective DRR measures implementation with the presentation of two national cases:
    • “The Development of a National Water Security Atlas to Support Sustainable Water Governance in Iran” presented by Prof Shahab Araghinejad, RCUWM, IDI Secretariat, Tehran University.
    • The “Malaysia’s Water Security and SDG: Development of a National Water Balance Management System : Case Study of the Muda River Basin” presented by Dato Nor Hisham bin Mohd Ghazali from the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID) and IHP-Malaysia
  • Strengthening hydro hazards management capacity at national, regional and global level with the “New Strategy And Implementation Framework Of International Flood Initiative” presented by Dr Mamoru Miyamoto from ICHARM and the International Flood Initiative (IFI) Secretariat.
  • “UNESCO Water Security Initiatives for Enhanced Resilience and 2030 Agenda Delivery in Asia and the Pacific Region” presented by Prof Shahbaz Khan, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific emphasized how UNESCO Natural Science Programmes designated sites could be effective transdisciplinary sustainable development models for management and local capacity building.

The audience was invited to share views on how Science could effectively be brought to decision makers and policy makers to reach a water secure region and how UNESCO activities could be considered relevant in delivering the SDGs or linking the scientific community with the decision makers and policy makers. The participants recognized the need for regional cooperation in order to mobilize expertise and synthetize knowledge and integrate science for policymaking and the work of UNESCO was appreciated. However, three areas were noted as needing further research and linking between scientific community and policy makers :

  • A lack of consideration of groundwater issues in the policy making processes. Indeed, groundwater monitoring and assessment in most of the AP region is a very sensitive matter with low or no confidence due to limited data available for accounting and management.  The current impacts of water, energy and food policies are not well known due to inadequate knowledge.
  • The need for further consideration and inclusion of climatological aspects as they become essential in assessing future potential hydro-hazards risks
  • The need for more transdisciplinarity with the opportunities other fields like e.g. aeronautics can provide with nano and micro-satellites technologies which can potentially make available wider coverage data at a lower cost.
Session Details UNESCO Water Security Initiatives for Enhanced Resilience and 2030 Agenda Delivery in Asia and the Pacific Region.
Main Convener(s) Dr. Ai Sugiura (UNESCO, Indonesia)
Download the Presentation Materials for the Session
 Speakers Name Presentation Title
Kenichiro Kobayashi Catalogues of Hydrologic Analysis for Hydro-Resilient Asia Pacific Region
Ali Chavoshian Development of a National Water Security Atlas to Support Sustainable Water Governance in Iran
Shahbaz Khan UNESCO Water Security Initiatives For Enhanced Resilience And 2030 Agenda Delivery In Asia And The Pacific Region
Nor Hisyam Bin Mohd Ghazali Malaysia’s Water Security and SDG: Development of a National Water Balance Management System: Case Study of the Muda River Basin
Mamoru Miyamoto New Strategy And Implementation Framework Of International Flood Initiative

 

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