Floods are one of the most threatening natural hazards for human societies. This is evident from the increase in damages in the last 50 years due to a series of extreme floods in different regions around the world. Catastrophic floods endanger lives and cause human tragedy as well as heavy economic losses. In addition to economic and social damage, floods can have severe environmental consequences as well. Due to the impact of climate change, the coming decades are likely to see higher flood risks and greater economic damages in different regions around the world. Flood is the most widespread type of natural disasters in OIC member countries. The total number of floods in OIC countries reached 909 during the period 1980-2011, making up 38% of total number of natural disasters. Affecting over 330 million people during the same period, flood alone accounted for more than half of the total number of people affected from all natural disasters. In terms of occurrence, floods were the most widespread type of natural disaster recorded in Senegal during 1980-2011. They affected almost one million people during the same period and cost almost 50 million USD.
The training workshop on Flood Risk Management in Senegal is one of the initial efforts of SESRIC and IDB towards enhancing the capacities of the relevant national institutions dealing with natural disaster risk reduction management in OIC member countries. The workshop will offer a distinct opportunity and practical approach to transfer the knowledge, know-how, experience and best practices of some member countries (mainly Turkey, Indonesia and Pakistan) and international organizations in the field of flood risk management.
The workshop is planned to provide Senegalese staff in relevant flood risk management authorities/institutions the knowledge and experience on:
i) Various concepts and approaches for various phases of flood risk management: risk analysis, prevention, protection, preparedness, response and recovery
ii) Best practices of flood risk management in some member countries: lessons learned from both successful and failed experiences.
Facilitate the transfer of knowledge, know-how, experience and best practices of some member countries and international organizations in the field of flood risk management as well as water resources management.
Staff of national Senegalese institutions and authorities concerned directly and/or indirectly with flood hazard and reduction of vulnerability to floods, water professionals (engineers and scientists), city planners and decision-makers and others involved in flood modelling and flood management, particularly those who would like to be familiarise with the latest tools and techniques in flood risk management. national and local administrators/officers, development and planning authorities, flood control professionals, officials and staff of national ministries/agencies in infrastructure, urban planning, civil protection, and water resource development and management. Private sector representatives –including the private land and settlement developers, infrastructure developers and insurance agents, officials and personnel of relief, humanitarian affairs and rehabilitation agencies, and NGOs involving in disaster mitigation, especially on flood mitigation.
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