The National Early Warning Centre of Laos will strengthen its capacities to mitigate the losses from flood and drought disasters

Eptisa will strengthen the hydrometeorological monitoring system and build technical capability of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology

April 20 2015

Floods and droughts have great impact on social, environmental and economic conditions in urban and rural Laos, so reliable hydro-meteorological data and the development of an effective early warning system are essential to mitigate the losses from flood and drought disasters. To achieve this goal, improvement of the hydro-meteorological network, effective data transmission and management system, development of forecasting models, early warning and public awareness, and effective communication system are necessary.

For that reason, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Laos through the Department of Irrigation has awarded Eptisa a new services contract for capacity building of National Early Warning Center, with 26 months of duration and financed by the Asian Development Bank.

The project aims to provide capacity building for the National Early Warning Centre, as part of the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology. Eptisa, in consortium with the company Lao Consulting Group, will support water resources planning and management to National Early Warning Centre and other concerned agencies by providing necessary and reliable hydro-meteorological information.

More specifically, Eptisa will strengthen the hydrometeorological monitoring system, mainly in two Mekong River basins that have suffered the most flood damage: Sebangfai and Sebanghien. It will also build technical capability of Department of Meteorology and Hydrology staff on forecasting of floods in both river basins, on forecasting of droughts and extreme weather events, and on seasonal climate prediction at basin and national levels.


 
 The National Early Warning Centre of Laos will strengthen its capacities to mitigate the losses from flood and drought disasters