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"Finland to support flood control project in Hindu Kush"

  • The Rising Nepal
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Finland signed an agreement on a collaborative project to establish a regional flood information system in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region.Finland is providing a maximum of 2 million Euros over three years (2009- 2012) for the project which will be implemented by ICIMOD in close collaboration with the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and the six regional partner countries Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan, according to a press statement issued by ICIMOD Tuesday.The project builds on the results of a preliminary phase, studies, and consultative meetings with country representatives carried out from 2001 to 2005 that was sponsored by the US Department of State’s Regional Environment Office for South Asia and the US Agency for International Development’s Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), the statement said.The long-term goal is to minimise loss of lives and livelihoods by providing timely warning of floods and thus reducing flood vulnerability in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan region, in particular in the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna and Indus river basins, the statement said.



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