Training Workshop – Assam/India

Posted by admin on Dec 06 2009 | General

From 26th October until 2nd November 2009 a training workshop on “Participatory Flood Hazard Mapping and Socioeconomic Vulnerability analysis” was held in Guwahati, India (Assam). The workshop was jointly organised through the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), GeoData Institute (University of Southampton) and the Centre for Geoinformatics (University of Salzburg) with the strong support of Aaranyak and the National Institute of Disaster Management.

In total 23 participants attented the training coming from a variety of different institutions and backgrounds dealing with disaster risk reduction in Assam (Governmental authorities, universities, local NGOs…). The major aim of the training workshop was to present methodologies which allow the assessment of vulnerability at state/provincial and the community level in a spatial manner. Next to statistical and GIS modelling approaches, a two day field exercise was held in two rural communities affected by river bank erosion and floods which included participatory mapping and brainstorming/weighting exercises.

The recent global risk assessment by UNISDR (2009), indicates that the NE region in India is heavily affected by different hazards...getting a first glimps of the large river system flying in to GuwahatiRajesh and Partha brief the participants on the case study sitesVillagers get an overview of the satellite images of their village - Participants of the training observe the processPeople identify first features......and mark them on the mapThe former river bank is also marked on the mapIntensive discussions...First resultsWith care a copy is made of the map - one will remain with the communityPartha presents the results to the community and participantsThe second part of the exercise was to brainstorm on issues which determine the vulnerability of the villagers (river bank erosion and floods)The factors are later scored/weigted to get an understanding of the importance and to integrate them as weights in the GIS modellingResults of the weighting (highest scores received issues such as Lack of land rights for cultivation in char areas, unemployment, lack of relief material and the disruption of health services...)River bank erosion...It's not a sea - it's the BrahmaputraThe other shoreMeasures to reduce the erosionBetween 1977 (Landsat image in the background) and the 2008 (Quickbird image) show that the river bank was more than 1,5km further north... - Villages and fertile land has been lost to the riverThe toolbox&manual - will be officially published in 2010Results from the socio-economic vulnerability modelling in Assam (c) GeoData InstituteCommunity map produced during the training workshop

The work presented arises from work conducted in the EU FP6 research project BRAHMATWINN and results developed in the context of my PhD research in Búzi, Mozambique. The manual developed in Mozambique has been extended and distributed among the participants. The manual will now be published in 2010 as an official ICIMOD publication.

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