On April 13, 2023, the research team of ANSO Collaborative Research Project entitled “Integrated Flood Services and Climate Change Adaptation for the Ganges-Brahmaputra-Meghna (GBM) River Basin”, attended the workshop on Building Resilience to Water-related Hazards.
Assistant Professor Binod BANIYA from Tribhuvan University, a member of the research team, gave a keynote speech entitled “Evaluation of Cascading Flood Extreme and Climate Change in Melamchi Watershed, Himalaya Sub-basin in Nepal”. He presented that precipitation was the main climatic driver of the Melamchi flood while temporary damming and increasing temperature also contributes to the timing and magnitude of the downstream flood.
“The research outcome plays an active role in flood disaster prevention and promotes climate change adaptation in relevant countries and regions along the Belt and Road by providing disaster information services in the Himalaya Sub-basin in Nepal”, he added.
The offline venues were the University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong) and the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Beijing). Prof. CHEN Ji from the University of Hong Kong, Dr. ZHANG Ming from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research (CAS), Ms. XU Shuwen from ANSO Secretariat, and Prof. Nigel WRIGHT from the University of Birmingham gave opening remarks. Prof. Nigel WRIGHT delivered closing remarks.
The workshop attracted more than 100 experts and specialists from mainland of China, Hong Kong (China), United States, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Vietnam, Nepal and Norway. This international workshop was jointly funded by the Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowships (NAF) and the Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO).
This ANSO Collaborative Research Project is co-researched by researchers from the Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, and Tribhuvan University, which was launched in December, 2021. The GBM River Basin is located at a key position in the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor. Flood threat is a key issue for people’s livelihood in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and related countries along the “One Belt, One Road”. Promoting climate change adaptation is urgent for flood risk service in the BGM River basin. This integrated co-research benefits region cooperation in flood risk prevention and promote the sustainable development of local economy and society along the “One Belt, One Road”.
On-site report at IGSNRR, Beijing, China, by Assistant Professor Binod BANIYA from Tribhuvan University, Nepal