ICHARM -- The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management


ICHARM has kicked off the region-focused training course on flood hazard mapping (FHM) on 30 October

A five weeks long region-focused training course on flood hazard mapping (FHM) which is just kicked off on 30 October 2007, is fourth in its annual series from 2004. This course has been conducted by ICHARM in mutual collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). This year, there are total 20 participants from different south east and south Asian countries mainly Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. The course comprises of several lectures and exercises that include but are not limited to
1) General knowledge on current FHM practices in Japan and other countries.
2) History of Japanese FHM activities and way of making, disseminating and utilizing flood hazard maps.
3) Professional knowledge and techniques for run-off analysis, inundation analysis and GIS exercises.
4) Methods to identify and extract effective information that to be displayed on the flood hazard map of designated flood plain area.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to develop flood hazard maps. They are expected to come up with a specific proposal to make, disseminate and utilize flood hazard maps in their own countries. They will make a presentation on their proposals as an action plan for the next five years. It is hoped that the course will help to promote the flood hazard mapping and therefore to mitigate the impact of flood disaster in each country.