The devastating floods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Region have shown the urgency of actions needed to protect vulnerable communities from the impact of climate change.
Rabindra P. Osti
Rabindra has been a climate change focal for ADB's South Asia Regional Department. He also worked as senior water resources specialist in Southeast Asia Regional Department of ADB. Prior to these roles, he served in various capacities for the United Nations and affiliated agencies. He has over 20 years of working experience in Asia and Pacific region.
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Driven by the digital revolution and fast-growing remote sensing technologies, GIS is re-engineering our view of the world and solving problems in unexpected ways.
Effective risk management for flash flood disasters is now achievable, thanks to 21st century technological advances in communication technology, spatial data analysis, and weather prediction.
Flash floods have increased and become more unpredictable, and their toll on lives and livelihoods is growing as well. There is much we still don’t know about how to manage floods, but there are key policy actions we can take now.
It is time to establish partnerships and expand to a whole-of-society approach to cope with the disasters and crises that are increasingly threatening developing countries.
Solutions that include both urban and rural environments, and the connections between the two, are needed to improve river health in Asia and the Pacific.