An international conference on the topic ‘Glacial Lake Outburst Floods – Experience from Bhutan” is planned under the NAPA follow-up project “Reducing Climate Change-induced Risks and Vulnerabilities of GLOF (2008 – mid-2013)” to further facilitate sharing of project lessons and application of these in future interventions in Bhutan and other GLOF prone countries in the region and beyond. The conference will also consider/deliberate on recommendations and resolutions from similar past and ongoing initiatives such as the “Bhutan Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas” held in Bhutan in November 2011 and the “Regional Knowledge Sharing for Effective Risk Management of Hydro-meteorological hazards in the Hindu-Kush-Himalayan Region” held in Kathmandu in March 2012.
The first objective is to enhance learning and knowledge exchange, enabling the replication of effective disaster risk reduction measures and adaptation to climate change both within Bhutan and with other countries facing climate change-induced GLOF risks
The second objective is to facilitate information sharing and cooperation through sharing of technical lessons from Bhutan with other GLOF-prone countries, based on experience of project implementing partners and an independent review conducted in Sept-Oct 2012 in the following areas:
Among others, the conference will be attended by representatives of SAARC member states. Following the international conference and back-to-back with the conference, SAARC member states will meet to deliberate on issues of mutual interests and come up with a SAARC Road Map on GLOF Risk Reduction in South Asia.