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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 16
Aug 29.2003 / IFNet secretariat

1. Organization of IFNet was settled in the 1st General Meeting!!
2. ƒParticipation in IFNet„
1. Organization of IFNet was settled in the 1st General Meeting!!
The 1st General Meeting of IFNet was held on August 10, 2003 in Stockholm. In the Meeting, organization of IFNet was settled. Mr. Avinash C. Tyagi, Director-General of Hydrology and Water Resources, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) was appointed to the Chairperson. Mr. Akihiko Nunomura, Director of River Planning Division, River Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), Japan and Mr. Kees P. van Laarhoven, Director General for Water, Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, The Netherlands were appointed to the Vice Chairpersons. Mr. Ryosuke Kikuchi, Director of 2nd Research Department, Infrastructure Development Institute-Japan was appointed to Director General of IFNet Secretariat. The following is extracts from their speech;

- Chairperson: Mr. Avinash C. Tyagi, Director-General of Hydrology and Water Resources, World Meteorological Organization (WMO) "A network like IFNet will bring together flood managers and policy makers to work for sustainable development in order to reduce the vulnerability of the poor and societies at risk in flood prone areas. Disasters strike when we fail to plan and it is within the human ingenuity to ensure that through effective understanding, forecasting and management we do not allow floods to turn into disasters. Thus, IFNet's Global Flood Alert System (GFAS) can play a leading role in reducing vulnerability through preparedness."

- Vice Chairperson: Mr. Akihiko Nunomura, Director of
River Planning Division, River Bureau, Ministry of Land,
Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), Japan "Flood damage not only affects the victimized country but also other countries due to the interdependence of countries as a result of the global economy. Floods in other countries are not something to merely watch and shrug our shoulders about. They are not like a fire on the other side of the river. Our Network will contribute not only to international society; it will also serve the interest of each participating country."

- Vice Chairperson: Mr. Kees P. van Laarhoven, Director General for Water, Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, The Netherlands Mr. Laarhoven could not attend the meeting because of his duties. He gave us a message. "Floods are a global problem. Transboundary co-operation in water basins needs more attention. Innovative concepts like 'giving more space for water'. From a policy perspective, most of these points are new. In order to succeed we need to exchange experiences and ideas across borders. I hope and expect that IFNet will play an important role in this respect at a global level."

- Director General of Secretariat: Mr. Ryosuke Kikuchi,
Director of 2nd Research Department, Infrastructure
Development Institute-Japan
"The Secretary will further develop a response to the
necessity of an international network of flood fighting activities, and we will continue our efforts to make IFNet a more effective network for participants."









The Secretariat reported the activities from its establishment to present, future action program and financial statement. The flowing flood-related activities were also introduced;
a) "Global Flood Alert System" by IDI,
b) "Towards Collaborating with GFAS in Asia and the Pacific for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development" by ESCAP, and
c) "Flood Management System in Zambia" by University of Zambia (UNZA) Proceedings will be uploaded in the website

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2. ƒParticipation in IFNet„
Participation in IFNet is open to all. Please access our web site if you have not sent us a participation form yet; http://www.idi.or.jp/vision/ifnetregistration-e.html
Issued by IFNet Secretariat e-mail: waterinrivers@idi.or.jp
URL: http://www.idi.or.jp/vision/indexj.htm


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