The meeting of the Senior Officials of the Carnegie Group countries, the United Nations and the World Bank, organised by the JRC in December 2012, concluded that a new international impetus was needed to which the EU, the Carnegie Group countries and international organisations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, can contribute coherently in order to maximize the impact for citizens worldwide. One of the areas identified at the meeting where an international impetus can provide added value was partnerships in strategic areas for better efficiency. It was suggested that this could encompass a Global Multi-Hazard Partnership that builds upon international initiatives, regional networks and national mechanisms. As a concrete step in this direction a Global Flood Partnership is proposed.
The overall objective of the Partnership is the development of flood observational and modelling infrastructure, leveraging on existing initiatives for better predicting and managing flood disaster impacts and flood risk globally. The Partnership shall achieve this through bringing together the scientific community, service providers (satellite and weather), national flood and emergency management authorities, humanitarian organisations and donors to provide operational, globally-applicable flood forecasting and monitoring tools and services, complementary to national capabilities. The Partnership aims to strengthen the sharing of hydro-meteorological data and information, foster in-country capacity building and improve flood risk management models and products.
Global Flood Partnership website: http://portal.gdacs.org/Global-Flood-Partnership