International Flood Initiative

International Flood Initiative (IFI) is a joint initiative in collaboration with such international organizations as UNESCO-IHP, WMO, UNISDR, UNU, IAHS and IAHR. IFI focuses on research, information networking, education and training, empowering communities and providing technical assistance and guidance.

  Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters

As one of its main activities, IFI, for which ICHARM serves the secretariat, promotes the establishment of “platforms on water resilience and disasters” worldwide, particularly in Asian countries. These platforms are national frameworks in which government organizations related to flood control, meteorology, and disaster management collaborate for common purposes.

The platforms have been actively contributing to various projects in several countries according to their situations and needs: the concept of “Water Cycle Integrator (WCI)” incorporated into the "Water Action Agenda" by ICHARM's proposal has been realized.

WCI aims to:

  • promote “water cycle consilience” by integrating the knowledge of water cycle, climate, agriculture, and energy using well-organized observation, modeling, and data and information systems based on by the Open Science policy.
  • foster the integration of “facilitators” to work as catalysts capable of providing expert advice based on a broad range of scientific and indigenous knowledge about climate change in the local context, and
  • establish cross-sectoral frameworks at local, national, regional, and global levels to link cutting-edge science beyond disciplines with on-site decision-making and action using an “end-to-end approach.”

The activities of each platform in Asia are reported at the Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI) session held at the annual Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO) symposium. Visit the website below for session summaries (including presentation materials) for each year.

AWCI Website

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  • 20 September 2023

    The Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI) website updated.

  • 1 April 2019

    Third Plenary Meeting of the Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters held in Quezon, Philippines. More information is here.

  • 27 February 2019

    3rd Plenary Session for the Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters in Sri Lanka. More information is here.

  • 14 March 2018

    An outcome document of High Level Panel on Water (HPLW), "Making Every Drop Count -An Agenda for Water Action-" was released !

  • 10 January 2017

    "Implementation Planning Workshop on International Flood Initiative (IFI) in Asia-Pacific" was held prior to "The 9th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium" in Tokyo, Japan. More information is here.

  • 13 June 2016

    UNESCO organized a side event “New Strategy for International Flood Initiative (IFI), A Challenge by Hydrology responding to Sendai Framework, SDGs and Paris Agreement” during the 22nd session of the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP-IC) at the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. The meeting celebrated the launch of a new IFI strategy (IFI strategy 2016-2022) and provided an opportunity to discuss its implementation. IFI is included in Theme 1 of the eighth IHP plan 2014-2021 and the strategy has been also posted as the IHP-IC document IHP/IC-XXII/Ref.5. You can see the drafted brief-note and pictures.

  • 1 March 2016

    A session “Flood Session: Towards IFI-AP and GEO Water”, collaborated with Asia Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI) and Network of Asian River Basin Organizations (NARBO) during the Asia Water Cycle Symposium (AWCS2016) in Tokyo, Japan on 1-2 March 2016. This session was held in the context of the ICHARM’s 10th Anniversary. Following the reports from AWCI and NARBO member, ICHARM organized three parts: “3.2 Flood Early Warning System”, “3.3 Flood Disaster Risk Reduction” and “3.4 End-to-End Action Plan: IFI-AP deliberations”. The summary presentation is here with more information at AWCS2016 website.

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