The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) today signed an agreement with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) to provide technical support to the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM).
The APFM was launched in 2001 as a joint initiative of WMO and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). Its objective is to promote the concept of Integrated Flood Management as an approach to dealing and living with floods. The Programme provides government agencies and others with guidance on flood management policy, strategy and institutional development.
As a Support Based Partner for the APFM Helpdesk for Integrated Flood Management, CEH will provide technical expertise to assist the Programme’s capacity building, tool development and pilot projects.
In particular CEH and WMO will strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the estimation of rainfall and flood frequency, flood forecasting and prediction and assessment of the impact of climate and land-use change on flooding.
Prof Alan Jenkins, the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology’s Deputy Director, said, “Through engaging in the APFM we will provide our expertise in flood modelling and hydrometeorology to help the World Meteorological Organization and Global Water Partnership build technical capacity and understanding in Integrated Flood Management in around the globe.”
The Integrated Flood Management concept promotes an integrated, rather than fragmented, approach to flood management. It integrates land and water resources development in a river basin with a view to maximising the efficient use of floodplains and minimising loss of life.
Johannes Cullmann, Director of the Climate and Water Department at WMO, said, “On behalf of the Associated Programme on Flood Management, I would like to welcome the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology to the APFM HelpDesk. We are happy to have such an experienced institution joining our network.
“The expertise the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is able to provide will greatly help us improve our support to institutions and stakeholders that require help in flood management related matters. We hope to engage in a fruitful and long lasting cooperation and are looking forward to the first joint actions.”
"The expertise the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is able to provide will greatly help us improve our support to institutions and stakeholders that require help in flood management related matters" Johannes Cullmann, World Meteorological Organization
The need to reduce the number of deaths and economic losses caused by water-related disasters was underlined in the new global Sustainable Development Goals agreed at the UN General Assembly in September. Dr Harry Dixon, who is leading CEH’s engagement with the APFM, said, “Flooding poses one of the greatest natural risks to sustainable development.
“By working through UN bodies such as the WMO, we are able to play a role in providing the scientific evidence, tools and training needed to reduce the risk of water-related disasters.”
"Flooding poses one of the greatest natural risks to sustainable development" Dr Harry Dixon, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
CEH works closely with others to coordinate UK input to the UN’s major hydrological programmes under WMO and UNESCO through its Chairmanship of the UK Committee for National and International Hydrology