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July 12, 2011

Japan funds UNESCO for strengthening flood warning system in Pakistan

PhotoMr. Takatoshi Nishikata exchanging Grant Agreement with Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata

Islamabad, July 12, 2011: The Exchange of Notes (EN) and a Grant Agreement (GA) for "the Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning and Management Capacity of Pakistan" were signed today between Government of Japan; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at Islamabad.

The grant amount of Japanese Yen 284 million will be utilized by UNESCO for following three interrelated pillars of the captioned project.

A) Strategic augmentation of flood forecasting and flood risk and hazard mapping capacity.

B) Knowledge platform for sharing transboundary databases and community flood management information.

C) Capacity development for flood forecasting and hazard mapping.

This project will enable the country's capacity to deal floods and watershed management in a holistic manner, reduce the human and socio-economic impacts of flooding, and improve the social, economic, and ecological impacts of floods and safer human settlements near flood plains in partnership with international networks.

In a brief ceremony, H.E Hiroshi OE, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan and Mr. Takatoshi Nishikata, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan signed and exchanged "EN" and "GA" respectively with Dr. Kozue Kay Nagata, Director/Representative of the UNESCO in Pakistan.

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