Training Workshop on Participatory Flood Mapping and Community-Based Flood Monitoring organized in India

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A Training Workshop on Participatory Flood Mapping and Community-Based Flood Monitoring was organized by Aaranyak, ICIMOD, and Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) at Guwahati, India, from 7–9 March 2013 under the Himalayan Climate Change Adaptation Programme (HICAP). The training was led by Dr Petra Tschakert, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University; Ms Neera Shrestha Pradhan, Water and Adaptation Specialist, ICIMOD; Mr Sundar Kumar Rai, Research Officer, ICIMOD; and Dr Partha Das form Aaranyak. The main objective of the workshop was to train researchers to conduct participatory field research on collective learning and flexible planning in selected sites in the Eastern Brahmaputra Sub Basin, India. The training covered participatory flood mapping, monitoring of flood situations, envisioning future scenarios, and preparing flexible and adaptive plans for enhancing community resilience in three flood-prone villages in the basin.

Nine participants attended the training including researchers from Aaranyak; one District Programme Officer in Disaster Management from the District Disaster Management Authority, Dhemaji District; and one Zonal Coordinator from the District Disaster Management Authority of Lakhimpur. The participants received hands on training on how to monitor weather and floods involving villagers, including field-testing in Raja Mayong village. The methods learnt in the training will be implemented in three villages in Lakhimpur and Dhemaji for participatory monitoring and flexible planning.