by Asghar Khan
Gilgit, Agust 23: A one – day workshop on Regional Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), discussing ‘ Risk Reduction’ strategies in the Hindukuch, Karakuram and Himalaya Regions, was held at Gilgit Serena Hotel. A large number of people attended the workshop included Babar Yaqoob, Chief Secretary NAs, Sardar Mohammad Abbas NAs, Home Secretary, Mehboob Ali Khan, Secretary Education NAs, Deputy commissioners, Assistant Commissioners, Magistrates of Northern Areas, representatives of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Red Crescent, WWF and IUCN. Project update briefing was given by Amber Masud a representative of UNDP. Chief Secretary appreciated the projects initiated by UNDP and European Commission Humanitarian Aid in the region.
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 Himalaya Karakoram Hindukush (HKH) region comprising India, Pakistan Nepal and Bhutan thought strengthening non-structural and community-based approaches.
Two glaciers in the Hunza River Basin have been identified for conducting baseline studies.