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Empowering girls in Peru through science

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:48
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The Mini Academy of Science and Technology (MaCTec) was awarded the 2017 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education for its “Mobile MaCTec Bus Labs/Mini Academy of Science and Technology” project. MaCTec is a non-profit organization empowering young Peruvian girls in rural areas through quality science education and helping to reduce the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It was founded in 2012 by four scientists and reaches girls from eight to 16 years old. Johanna Johnson, one of the co-founders, tells us how the organization works to empower girls. 

Who benefits from the Mini Academy of Science and Technology (MaCTec), and why?

We work with girls to empower them, we think this is the best way to nurture the nation. Girls are the best way. Girls + science = exponential results in our world, in our community and country. It’s a formula to change the world.

One of the girls we work with, Valeria, is from Huancayo a rural area approximately 2,000 kilometers from Lima. Every Friday night with her mother, she takes the bus to Lima, which takes eight to ten hours. On Saturdays, she is the first girl at the workshop. She follows the science workshop with scientists and then returns to her community, where she replicates the workshop. That’s why when you educate a girl, you educate a community.

We think, at MaCTec, that to educate a girl through science is so powerful. Not only for the girl, not only for the family, not only for community. It is also for the country to develop. Not to become rich in money, but rich in progress.     

How does it work?

There are two levels in the workshops: one with girls aged 8-11 and one with girls aged 12-16. At that age, they have all the capacity to open their eyes, to nurture so much creativity and imagination, which is so important in science. We discovered that the girls 8-11 have a window in their minds to do science. To discover the world in a different way. They have a lot of questions. They want to explore the world.  

We have a model called DPL: Diversity Peer Learning. Girls from different backgrounds, from different parts of the city come to MaCTec and work in groups. They sit in groups working with well-recognized scientists from Peru and from the world. The girls challenge the scientists and most of the time the scientists do not know how to respond, or how to answer their questions. This is so powerful. If scientists do not know the answer, that means maybe there is no answer and we can generate knowledge.

What motivates your work?

The moment when girls discover that they can change the world, that moment is the best moment for MaCTec. Because girls have the power, the real power to change the world. They have imagination, creativity, and all characteristics of a scientist. This is my motivation – the girls. Working for empowering, giving all of the tools to change the world through science.

MaCTec has been awarded the 2017 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. How will this Prize support your organization and what is the next step?

This Prize is so important. It means that this dream, the MaCTec project, will continue. It means we will go into the rural areas for the girls who cannot come to the workshops. The next step is to build a MaCTec mobile bus and to explore the rainforest, all of the biodiversity, with the girls and well-recognized scientists. Girls can explore the world and have an impact on scientific production in Peru, which is so rich in biodiversity but so poor in scientific production. All countries need science to grow.

I invite everyone to think like a child. With a lot of creativity, imagination and curiosity. I think these ingredients are so powerful to change the world.

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Measuring SDG4 with PIRLS data:bUNESCO and IEA to release international reading literacy study

Unesco Most Programme - Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:48
30 November 2017

UNESCO and the International Association for Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) will co-host the international release of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and ePIRLS 2016 on 5 December 2017 (at 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

The international release of PIRLS and ePIRLS 2016 will take place from 10:00-11:15 and be followed by a roundtable discussion based on the UNESCO-IEA joint booklet “Measuring SDG4: How PIRLS can help.” The discussion will explore the application of international assessments in measuring Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4), and discuss key findings from the study related to the school environment, gender disadvantage, and early childhood education as a foundation for learning.

Conducted by IEA, PIRLS provides internationally comparative data and trends in reading achievement of fourth graders (9-10 year olds) across more than 60 countries. The study also examines how education systems provide educational opportunities to their students and how students are influenced to take advantage of them. In 2016, PIRLS’ scope extended to include ePIRLS – an innovative assessment of online reading.

International learning assessments such as PIRLS make an important contribution to measuring progress towards SDG4, which aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Anne-Berit Kavli, Chair IEA
  • Dr Dirk Hastedt, Executive Director, IEA
  • Dr Ina Mullis, Executive Director, Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) & PIRLS International Study Center, Boston College
  • Dr Michael Martin, Executive Director, TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center,  Boston College
  • Dr Paulína Koršňáková, Senior Research and Liaison Adviser, IEA
  • Dr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  • Ms Soo-Hyang Choi, Director of the Division for Inclusion, Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO
  • Dr Silvia Montoya, Director, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
  • Dr Jyotsna Jha, Director, Center for Budget and Policy Studies (CBPS), India
  • Dr Catherine Jere, Lecturer, University of East Anglia, School of International Development  

Several speakers will be available for interview.




For more information on the event and concept note


For more information on PIRLS


The event will be webcast in English, French and at Floor


Journalists wishing to attend this event are requested to contact:Djibril Kebe: T: +33(0)145681741 | E:


For more information on the report:

Anna Kaehne T: +49(0)4048500663 | E:




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Director-General to address United Nations Security Council

Unesco Most Programme - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 17:20
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On 30 November 2017, UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, is in New York to speak at the UN Security Council for the presentation of the first implementation report of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2347 on the protection of cultural heritage, which was prepared under UNESCO’s leadership. The Under Secretary-General of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Office, Vladimir Voronkov, will present the report to members of the UN Security Council during the public briefing on “Maintenance of international peace and security: Destruction and trafficking of cultural heritage by terrorist groups and in situations of armed conflict”.

UN Security Council Resolution 2347 was unanimously adopted in March 2017. It is the first Resolution to focus exclusively on the role of cultural heritage for peace and security, and it welcomes the central role played by UNESCO in protecting cultural heritage and promoting culture as an instrument to bring people together and foster dialogue. This first Report was prepared under the leadership of UNESCO in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, among others.

While in New York, the Director-General is expected to meet with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, and the Administrator of the United Nations Development Fund, Achim Steiner. She will highlight UNESCO’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda and the relevance of UNESCO’s programme in related UN coordinated development groups and initiatives.


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For Every Child, Nutrition

Europaid - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:24
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UNESCO and Netexplo sign a partnership agreement for the organization of an annual forum

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:51
news_281117_netexplo.jpg Frank La Rue and Thierry Happe signing a partership agreement between UNESCO and Netexplo© UNESCO 28 November 2017

Following seven years of successful cooperation, on 27 november 2017 UNESCO and Netexplo signed a partnership agreement to sustain their relationship over time. The Agreement was signed by Frank La Rue, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, and Thierry Happe, President and co-founder of the Netexplo Observatory, at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris.

Created in 2007, Netexplo is a global observatory on digital innovation and talent. Its role is to identify, grasp and share the issues and skills needed in digital society, and promote global talent among political, business, academic and media executives. Netexplo’s goal is to foster a fairer, more open world that creates more value and wellbeing for women and men. This goal is fully in line with UNESCO’s mission to promote and support international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication and information. Understanding the issues of the digital transformation in the building of knowledge societies including in the economy is a high priority for UNESCO pursuing the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Since 2010, Netexplo and UNESCO have built an informal partnership based on knowledge sharing, particularly through the organisation of an annual event, the Netexplo Forum. Every year, the UNESCO Netexplo Forum gathers 1,500 executives to discover the outstanding innovations and emerging practices that are likely to transform society in depth.

In 2013, Netexplo and UNESCO also created the UNESCO/ Netexplo Advisory Board (UNAB), a network of lecturers in digital and business fields from the world’s leading universities, with the aim of spotting and analysing significant innovations worldwide.

With the acceleration of new technologies, from smartphones, big data and social media to the internet of things, artificial intelligence and robotics, this partnership between Netexplo and UNESCO is more important than ever, for every individual, organisation and society to seize all the opportunities of the digital world. 

Netexplo is a trademark of HappeningCo, a company that joined the Les Echos Group in 2017. Find out more at NETEXPLO.COM

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Your further inputs needed! Help UNESCO finalize the draft Internet Universality Indicators

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:12
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UNESCO is pleased to present the first draft of “Internet Universality Indicators”, as an interim outcome following the first phase of consultation which included 24 face-to-face consultation meetings in 21 countries and attracted 165 online contributions in six UN official languages. UNESCO thus kicks off the second phase of the consultation and invites all stakeholders to provide further inputs on these proposed indicator framework and indicators till 15 March 2018.

Stakeholders are invited, in this second consultation, to review the first draft indicators document and respond to the three questions below by 15 March 2018. All submissions should be sent via email (, and/or through an online submission platform to be available in six UN official languages in late December 2017. Submitters are also requested to indicate their name, organizational and stakeholder affiliation, country and nationality if applied.

All submissions will be published on the Internet Universality website for transparency purposes, unless submitters indicate they would prefer to be anonymous. General enquiries can be issued to UNESCO focal point Xianhong Hu and Josselyn Guillarmou.

Consultation questions:

  1. Are there any additional themes, questions or indicators which you believe should be included in the framework?
  1. Are there any suggestions that you wish to make in respect of the proposed themes, questions and indicators which are included in the framework as it stands?
  1. What sources and means of verification would you recommend, from your experience, in relation to any of the questions and indicators that have been proposed?

The indicator framework is structured around the four ROAM Principles of UNESCO Internet Universality concept (openness, accessibility, and multi-stakeholder participation), alongside cross-cutting Indicators concerned with gender and the needs of children and young people, sustainable development, trust and security, and legal and ethical aspects of the Internet. There are a mix of quantitative and qualitative Indicators.

UNESCO’s Internet Universality Indicators were developed to enrich the stakeholders’ capacity for assessing Internet development, broaden international consensus, and foster online democracy and human rights towards knowledge societies engaged in sustainable development. These Indicators will help governments and other stakeholders to assess their own national Internet environments and to promote the values associated with Internet Universality. The work on the project to define Internet Universality Indicators is being led for UNESCO by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), and the draft Internet Universality indicators will be finalized by the end of April 2018.

The consultation document of draft Internet indicators is available at this link.

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Vietnam Internet Forum discusses Internet Universality indicators

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 16:52
news_281117_vietnam.jpg Jaldeep Katwala, Sze Ming Tan, Arthit Suriyawongkul, and Hong Phuc Dang at the Vietnam Internet Forum© UNESCO 28 November 2017UNESCO’s concept of Internet Universality featured strongly in discussions in Hanoi this week during Vietnam’s first-ever Internet Forum, hosted by the Embassy of Sweden and the Ministry of Information and Communications.

A special session interrogated UNESCO’s project to develop indicators to assess national situations concerning online Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multistakeholder participation (known as the ROAM principles).

An earlier session on Digital Access also saw reference to the ROAM indicators, and remarks about their interdependence by UNESCO director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Guy Berger.  He signalled how progress on Media and information literacy under the “A” (i.e. Accessibility” could, for example, help reinforce the right to freedom of expression under “R” – Rights.

In the special session, Arthit Suriyawongkul of the Internet and Civic Culture group (Thailand) cautioned against separating online and offline considerations.

At the same time, he pointed out that the right to association online tends to become primarily a communications issue, and should be considered as such. He also raised the challenges of ensuring online anonymity given that Internet communications require entailed IP addresses.

 The importance of the indicators covering openness issues such as open data and open markets was raised by Hong Phuc Dang, the founder of Fossasia. She highlighted how regulation in favour of these values could help strengthen entrepreneurship, smart cities and Internet development within countries.

Communications researcher Nguyen Nhung urged that the indicators give significant attention to rural-urban divides, and that they should have a definition of “universality” that included access to use of the Internet by vulnerable people as well as the LGBT community.  

From Malaysia’s Sinar project, Sze Ming Tan proposed that UNESCO’s emerging indicators should assess the extent to which stakeholders are empowered to participate, and the extent to which they actually report back to constituencies.

The session was moderated by Jaldeep Katwala of the Fojo Media Institute, who also underlined the importance of indicators to assess transparency around decisions to limit rights online.

UNESCO’s Berger proposed that the ROAM indicators, once finalized, would be like assessing the functioning of the limbs of an elephant.  “It is important for the Internet as a creature to move forward on all four legs, and to avoid being slowed through one of them dragging behind”, he stated.

 “As with an elephant, the Internet at the national level should also harmonise with the local ecosystem of actors and issues,” said Berger. The national level in turn should also be aligned to international standards for human rights, added the UNESCO director.

Once finalized, the indicators will be presented to the council of UNESCO’s International Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC) in 2018.

Working with the APC consortium in developing the indicators, UNESCO has now completed a first phase consultation about what issues needed to be addressed.

“Later this week the project will move into the second phase of requesting comment on actual draft indicators which have been elaborated on the basis of phase one,” Berger told the Forum.

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Jordanian and Syrian youth graduate on UNESCO-led scholarship in Amman

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:37
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The UNESCO Amman office, in collaboration with Al Quds College, honoured the achievements of 201 Jordanian and Syrian youth on 20 November 2017, graduating from training under a project funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea. The UNESCO-led scholarship project offered vulnerable youth a chance to pursue post-basic education opportunities, through training programmes held at Al Quds College.

The project supports the Government of Jordan’s efforts to provide technical and vocational education and training opportunities for Jordanian and Syrian refugee youth affected by the Syria Crisis and is aligned with the 2016-2018 Jordan Response Plan.  

In total, 250 Jordanian and Syrian youth enrolled in the BTEC Level 3 Diploma program, a one-year internationally accredited diploma program focusing on seven different specialties. A total of 201 youth collected their diplomas and 56 percent of the graduates were women. Students also benefitted from additional courses in English language, life skills, computer literacy and study skills. 

His Excellency Mr Lee Bom-yon, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Jordan delivered an address at the event, wishing the graduates good luck with their upcoming careers and thanking UNESCO and Al Quds College for their strong collaboration. He also announced ongoing support to UNESCO in 2018, geared towards the funding of a technical and vocational education training project in 2018.

Ms Costanza Farina, UNESCO Representative to Jordan, congratulated the hardworking students: “Your achievement has required a strong commitment from each of you and this is, fundamentally, what we celebrate today; your commitment, our shared commitment to building a stronger, more inclusive, just and peaceful society, starting with educated young men and women”.  Ms Farina highlighted the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Jordan and around the world. “As we see evident here today, education transforms lives. It is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development,” she said.

Dr Ayman Maqableh, Dean of Al Quds College, congratulated the graduates, wishing them success in their future endeavors. “I would like to give thanks to UNESCO, the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research for their ongoing support”.

Mr Mohammad Al Kharabsheh, representing His Excellency the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, also delivered remarks and commended the youth’s hard work. The event was well attended by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Jordan, United Nations agencies and Jordanian and Syrian graduating youth. A few of the graduates shared their stories with the crowd, conveying their satisfaction with their studies and touching on their hopes for the future. 

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Director-General condemns murder of journalist Sudip Dutta Bhaumik in India

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 14:57
28 November 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today condemned the murder of the journalist Sudip Dutta Bhaumik on 21 November in north-eastern India, near Agartala, capital of the state of Tripura.

“Journalists make a fundamental contribution to society by providing information which nurtures enlightened public debate. The assassination of journalists is the ultimate form of censorship. The prosecution of such crimes is essential to deter attacks against the media,” declared the Director-General.

Sudip Dutta Bhaumik was a senior journalist for Bengali-language daily Syandan Patrika and local television Venguard. The journalist was shot by one of the bodyguards of an army officer he was scheduled to meet.

In the spirit of Article 1 of the Constitution of UNESCO, the Director-General of the Organization issues statements on violations of press freedoms condemning the killing of media workers, in line with its action to take forward the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists


Contact médias: Sylvie Coudray, s.coudray(at), +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

L’UNESCO est l’agence des Nations Unies dont la mission consiste à défendre la liberté d’expression et la liberté de la presse. En vertu de l’Article premier de son Acte constitutif, l’Organisation est tenue « d’assurer le respect universel de la justice, de la loi, des droits de l’homme et des libertés fondamentales pour tous, sans distinction de race, de sexe, de langue, ou de religion, que la Charte des Nations Unies reconnaît à tous les peuples ». À cette fin, elle « favorise la connaissance et la compréhension mutuelle des nations en prêtant son concours aux organes d’information des masses ; elle recommande, à cet effet, tels accords internationaux qu’elle juge utiles pour faciliter la libre circulation des idées, par le mot et par l’image ».



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Director-General condemns Kabul attack that killed television cameraman Hussain Nazari and many others

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:11
28 November 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today condemned the deadly terrorist attack in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan, on 16 November. Afghan cameraman Hussain Nazari was among 20 people who died in the attack.

“I condemn the attack that killed Hussain Nazari and 19 others, and wounded reporter Taqi Sadid,” said the Director General. “We are once again reminded of the risks faced by media workers the world over. I call on the authorities to ensure an effective judicial enquiry into this case.”

Hussain Nazari, a cameraman for the Rah-e-Farda TV station and his colleague, Taqi Sadid, were covering a political meeting in Kabul when a bomb exploded. Gravely wounded, Hussain Nazari succumbed to his injuries in hospital the following day.

In the spirit of Article 1 of the Constitution of UNESCO, the Director-General of the Organization issues statements on violations of press freedoms condemning the killing of media workers, in line with its action to take forward the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity. These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists



Media contact: Sylvie Coudray,, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”



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Director-General calls for investigation into killing of Nigerian journalist Ikechukwu Onubogu

Unesco Most Programme - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 10:48
28 November 2017

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, today denounced the killing of Nigerian cameraman Ikechukwu Onubogu, whose body was found in the town of Obosi in the state of Anambras on 15 November.

“I condemn the killing of Ikechukwu Onubogu,” said the Director-General. “The perpetrators of this crime must be brought to justice in order to preserve freedom of expression, enshrined in both the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Governments must also protect journalists so as to prevent bloodshed from depriving the public of its right to access information.”

Neither his family nor his colleagues at Anambra Broadcasting Service (ABS) had seen or heard from Ikechukwu Onubogu since he had left home in the afternoon of 12 November.

In the spirit of Article 1 of the UNESCO Constitution, the Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on violations of press freedoms and condemning the killing of media workers, in line with its action to take forward the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists


Media contact: Sylvie Coudray,, +33 (0)1 45 68 42 12

UNESCO is the United Nations agency with a mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom. Article 1 of its Constitution requires the Organization to “further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human rights and fundamental freedoms which are affirmed for the peoples of the world, without distinction of race, sex, language or religion, by the Charter of the United Nations.” To realize this the Organization is requested to “collaborate in the work of advancing the mutual knowledge and understanding of peoples, through all means of mass communication and to that end recommend such international agreements as may be necessary to promote the free flow of ideas by word and image…”

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Sava River Basin countries first to test innovative flood risk reduction technology in South-East Europe

Unesco Most Programme - Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:17
focus_ireact_dpl_0.jpg © UNESCO In 2014, the Sava River flooded dramatically killing 79 individuals, affecting 2.6 million people and causing 3.8 million euros in damages and losses across the basin. To learn from such an experience and improve future response to floods, UNESCO through its Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and the International Sava River basin Commission have scheduled a simulation workshop on 5-7 December 2017 in Zagreb, Croatia, to foster a more fluid dialogue between riparian specialists and civil protection agencies.

UNESCO stands in solidarity with all the people affected by disasters worldwide. It operates at the interface between natural and social sciences, education, culture and communication playing a vital role in constructing a global culture of resilient communities. It assists countries in building capacity to prevent disasters and manage climate risks and ability to cope with natural hazards. UNESCO provides a forum for intergovernmental cooperation as well as essential scientific and practical advice in disaster risk reduction.

In 2015, at the UN World Conference in Japan, representatives from 187 UN Member States adopted a new global framework, the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”. It opened a major new chapter in sustainable development as it outlined clear targets and priorities for action towards a substantial reduction of disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. UNESCO is committed to operating in line with it and, in addition to the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2015 Paris Agreement, to promoting a culture of safety and resilience.

Within this scope, UNESCO Regional Bureau, in collaboration with the International Sava River basin Commission (ISRBC), with the technical support of Deltares, the Royal Haskoning DHV from The Netherlands, the CIMA Research Foundation and  the Instituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) from Italy, will hold a transboundary training workshop on “Governance and technology for flood risk reduction: Linking early warning to emergency management in the Sava River basin”.

The Sava River Basin (97,700 km2) is shared by 5 countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. By bringing together emergency responders, professional volunteers and flood forecasting operators from the Sava River basin, along with representatives from the Drin River basin, the Zagreb training workshop  aims  to enhance intra-regional cooperation by improving a transboundary coordination in flood risk preparedness and response.

The workshop will perform a collective and participatory gap analysis in the current system putting in line early warning alerts triggered by the responsible national hydro-meteorological services and/or water agencies as flood forecasting operators, with monitoring, response and flood-protection actions performed by the civil protection sector in simulated floods scenario. In other words, it will test the overall capacity of the stakeholders to achieve an effective flood risk reduction for the national to the transboundary level.

Benefits derived from the use of integrated and innovative systems will be explored, starting from the possibility to interface modular solutions of the European Union's Horizon 2020 project I-REACT, in particular geolocalised crowdsourcing-social media services combined with the Sava-FFWS System for flood forecasting and warning. Hydro-meteorological and water agency units as well as departments’ representatives will be called along with civil protection authorities and professional volunteers to work back-to-back and to collaborate on specific case study applied TO in-field drills.

In particular, a well-tailored demonstration, carried out with the contribution of the Civil Protection of Croatia, and the technical partners involved will highlight that that major benefits and enhanced capacity of member states are possible for Sava riparian countries, and most likely the Drin river basin in managing  floods-related Disaster.

The key for it is the interoperationalisation of integrated forecasting service, such as Sava FFWS, with innovative cyber technologies, such those proposed by I-REACT, case in point real time and geo-localised crowdsourcing functions for a more accurate situational awareness and response in flood related emergencies.


I-REACT (Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies) is a 3-year project (2016-2018) funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme and led by ISMB. It aims to use social media, smartphones, and wearables to improve natural disaster management.

The development of Sava-FFWS, Flood Forecasting and Warning System in the Sava River Basin, started in June 2016 as a component of the project “Improvement of joint actions in flood management in the Sava River Basin”, funded by the Western Balkans Investment Framework and implemented by the World Bank with the institutional support of the ISRBC and the technical contribution of Deltares and the Royal Haskoning DHV from The Netherlands. The system will become fully operational in fall 2018.

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