Glacier Lake Outburst Floods

Due to glacier melting and lake formation across Central Asia, there is an increased risk of Glacier Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), which confound and exacerbate water-related threats to mountain communities, their settlements, and livelihoods. GLOFs also threaten populations, livelihoods and infrastructure located in river floodplains and downstream areas.

Strengthening, Monitoring & Responding

The UNESCO Office in Almaty, together with the four countries of the Central Asian region – the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan – developed the GLOFCA project funded by the Adaptation Fund. The University of Zurich, Switzerland, serves as the main implementing partner of the Project. The GLOFCA project aims to strengthen monitoring, analytical capacity, and the response capacity of institutions and government officials responsible for disaster risk reduction, emergency and climate change adaptation through community-based and gender-sensitive education and communication, and by establishing early warning systems supported by the necessary monitoring strategies.

Regional Exchange Workshops

Accurate glacial lake inventories, identification of potentially dangerous lakes, and monitoring of changes over time, provide a fundamental basis for the design of risk reduction strategies. Therefore, in this first in a series of GLOFCA regional exchange workshops, we aim to share national and international experiences on the topic of lake mapping, monitoring and hazard assessment. The learnings from the meeting will provide the basis for the development of a best practice guidance document, and will inform the design of related capacity building and education activities being developed under GLOFCA.

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