(FFGS) Cooperation in the implementation of the Flash Flood Guidance System activities
The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Flash Flood Guidance System (FFGS) was designed and developed for interactive use by meteorological and hydrological forecasters throughout the world to address the issues associated with flash floods, especially the lack of capacity to develop effective flash flood warnings.
In the FFGS frame, WMO, in cooperation with the US Agency for International Development Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) launched in 2022 a new activity to improve flash flood early warning communication so that it can reach local communities effectively. Two Community-Based Flood Management (CBFM) projects were initiated in the Chikwawa district, Malawi, and in Turrialba, Costa Rica.
K&I is cooperating in the implementation of both projects assisting WWMO and Red Cross in the selected communities of Costa Rica and Malawi. Activities include capacity building on participatory risk assessment, the formation of CBFM committees, the development of community-based manuals, hazard maps and plans; as well as community drills. Moreover, in the FFGS frame, K&I cooperated with WMO in the set-up and delivery of two regional training Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming in End-to-End Early Warning Systems for Flood Forecasting and Integrated Flood Risk Management held in San José, Costa Rica) in December 2022; and in Boksburg, South Africa (this last one with participants of Southern African Development Community – SADC countries).