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ASEAN Prepares for Flooding from Extreme Weather Events
Source: aseansec.org
Source Date: Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Thematic Website, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement
Created: Jun 21, 2010

As the impacts of climate change are increasingly felt throughout the region, ASEAN is actively seeking to protect its citizens from its adverse effects, including through improved water management and flood risk mitigation. Over 50 water management professionals from ASEAN Member States and partner agencies came together at an ASEAN workshop on flood management and generated initiatives to better protect the region from floods. During the workshop held in Bali, Indonesia from 9-10 June 2010, the participants shared flood management assessments and best practices and identified preparedness gaps and constraints. They also came up with possible solutions for risk mitigation and adaptation measures.

As the number and severity of extreme weather events increases, the Southeast Asian region, with its islands, coastal mega cities, shared water basins and low elevations, is “very much at risk from severe flood events and particularly vulnerable to their impact,” said Dr Lam Hung Son, Flood Management and Mitigation Programme Coordinator at the Mekong River Commission. “The workshop was an important opportunity for ASEAN Member States to share their experiences of extreme flood events and flood management initiatives,” added Dr Lam. He also said that the region needed to develop early warning systems and strategies to deal with the devastating effects of floods and other related events.

“The workshop boosted my knowledge of flood management in ASEAN Member States,” said Khun Supapap Patsinghasanee, a civil engineer at Thailand’s Water Crisis Prevention Center in the Department of Water Resources. “There was a very interesting focus on technical and financial gaps and the participation of all stakeholders.” The workshop was jointly organised by the Ministry of Public Works of Indonesia, the ASEAN Secretariat and the ASEAN-US Technical Assistance and Training Facility. Additional support was provided by the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.
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