Glacial Flooding and Disaster Risk Management: Knowledge Exchange and Field Training Workshop
In July, 2013, the High Mountains Adaptation Partnership (HiMAP) held a workshop in Peru’s Cordillera Blanca mountains to share research results and train international participants on glacial flooding and disaster risk management.
Participants included social scientists, physical scientists and field practitioners. It was co-sponsored by USAID, Engility Corporation, The Mountain Institute (TMI) and the University of Texas at Austin. The workshop included onsite field training and discussions.
Research results were presented by HiMAP’s young Climber Scientist grantees. Training included demonstrations of ground penetrating radar, conflict resolution methods and systems for developing local adaptation management plans. It ended with a three-day trek to Lake Palcacocha, one of the region’s most dangerous glacial lakes.
The workshop generated many new ideas for future projects. A participant from Bhutan, for example, expressed interest in replicating Nepal’s local adaptation plan, which has helped communities adapt to climate change. The plan was created with the support of TMI.
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