by: Amber Masud
The Regional GLOF Risk Reduction Project, funded by DIPECHO and UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), aims to address the risks posed by GLOFs in the Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) region comprising India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan through strengthening non-structural and community-based approaches. The project has carried out a number of activities in Pakistan during April as below:
The Regional GLOF Risk Reduction Initiative has been explained to Environment/DM Unit Heads in UNDP as also to key Government counterparts.
- The national level stakeholders have been identified and interactions are being held to explain the project components and secure their participation/association with the activities/interactions envisaged. A formal communication has also been addressed to national government introducing the project and explaining its rationale, activities and outcomes. The key stakeholders identified are: National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), DM Authority of Northern Areas, Home Department, Government of Northern Areas, Environment Protection Agency, Northern Areas, National Agriculture Research Centre, Water Resources Research Institute, Planning Commission Pakistan, Ministry of Environment, Global Change Impact Study Center, WWF-Pakistan, Karakoram University (Department of Earth Sciences and Geology), LEAD Pakistan, IUCN-Pakistan, Pakistan Red Crescent Society;
- Interactions are being held with NDMA for posting the project on their website along with posting it on UNDP Pakistan website and on other knowledge networks in the country and for eliciting their responses/ inputs with regard thereto.
- The Project Support Officer (Pakistan) is visiting the Northern Areas to interact with the local government officials, communities and technical/academic institutions in the region to gather information about the past GLOF/flash flood events; the risk mitigation and preparedness measures adopted etc. and to assess community awareness and preparedness for meeting future challenges from similar events. The Project will also be shared with key stakeholders.
- Two glaciers (Ghulkin and Passu) have been identified in the Hunza River Basin (Gilgit district) for the Baseline Study, in consultation with the government of Northern Areas and the local communities.
- The national-level stakeholder consultation meeting proposed during June.
Detailed report attached in MS-word format:
(The contributor is Project Support Officer, Regional GLOF Risk Reduction Initiative – Pakistan, UNDP)