The 2016 Conference of the Global Flood Partnership will be hosted by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra, Italy (near Milan) from 29 June to 1 July 2016.
The conference follows the 2015 Conference held in Boulder, Colorado.
Each year, floods cause devastating losses and damage across the world. Growing population in ill-planned flood prone coastal and riverine areas are increasingly exposed to more extreme rainfall events. With more population and economic asset at risk, governments, banks, international development and relief agencies, and private firms are investing in flood reduction measures. However, in many countries, the flood risk is not managed optimally because of lack of scientific data and methods or a communication gap between science and risk managers.
The Global Flood Partnership is a multi-disciplinary group of scientists, operational agencies and flood risk managers focused on developing efficient and effective global flood tools that can address these challenges.
The goals of the group are:
- to develop and improve global flood forecasting and monitoring systems,
- to deploy these systems in a global flood observatory tracking floods in near real-time,
- to build a global flood record suitable for flood risk assessment and
- to make these tools available to organizations and countries that need them.
The aim of this year’s meeting is to review the advances and success stories of the Partnership, to assess the challenges and opportunities ahead, and the discuss steps needed to further strengthen the partnership in order to address users' needs effectively.
The detailed outcomes of the 2016 annual conference of the Global Flood Partnership can be found in the final report.