Global temperatures are rising, and glaciers are melting worldwide. As the climate changes and glaciers melt, the risk of so-called glacier lake outburst floods (GLOFs) is increasing. Back in 2007, the United Nations Environment Programme classified GLOFs as “the largest and most extensive glacial hazard […] with the highest potential for disaster and damage.” But even before that, Central Asia has experienced its disastrous effect. In 1998, more than a hundred people died during an outburst flood in Shakhimardan Valley of Uzbekistan. In 2002, a similar flood in Tajikistan claimed dozens of people’s lives. This tragic history of glaciers melting related hazards and glacier lake outburst floods in the region is not exhaustive. There were other incidents later in 2008 and 2015 in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, which led to substantial damage to infrastructure and economic losses. And this threat has not disappeared, but exacerbated over last years: people in mountainous areas face threats of outburst floods, with many others at risk downstream, with the most vulnerable remaining most affected.
To provide reliable and credible information and knowledge Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOFs), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Early Warning Systems (EWS) in Central Asia to all stakeholders and the interested public.
There is a lot of data and knowledge available in Central Asia. Much of it is not easily available to all stakeholders and the general public. We like to contribute towards better networking and information exchange of stakeholders as well as to foster the discussion about GLOFs, DRR and EWS.
To create, store, process knowledge and information and be the platform for knowledge exchange about GLOFs, DRR, EWS in Central Asia and worldwide.
GLOFCA.org ´s objective over the next years is to more effectively reach and influence the wider and increasingly diverse array of state, non-state and individual actors that play key roles in Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation. We like to contribute to more transparency about GLOFs, EWS, DRR and climate change issues in Central Asia in order to protect people and the environment mainly in mountainous areas.
Goals & Strategy
To achieve this objective, we will pursue the following four goals. Each will receive high-level attention and oversight.
– Sharpening Analysis through cooperation with stakeholders
– Providing information about opportunities, stakeholders, publications and audiovisual materials in the climate change, GLOFs, EWS, DRR and environmental sectors
– Investing in Strategic Communications using electronic media, webinars and online conferences and seminars.
GLOFCA’s work is conducted in accordance with our core values. Our work is: Independent and impartial. We seek to inform the broadest possible audience. We consider our work a public good, access to all content of the website will remain unrestricted. We believe in teamwork, collegiality and accountability. We strongly believe that cooperation is the key to peace, as well as economic and social development. Only mutual understanding will lead to better results. It is the people who must remain at the center of all our development efforts and the people will ultimately make a difference.