International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)

The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management serves as the global centre of excellence for water hazard and risk management. The severe environmental disasters of the last century included floods, droughts and heavy storms, and in the last decades of the 20th century, water-related disasters took the lead in the statistics.

 

Severe water-related disasters have also caused major damage over the last decade, for instance the 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean, the 2005 Hurricane Katrina in America, or European floods and droughts. Circumstances have clearly indicated that the prevention and management of water-related disasters and hazards should be treated as a priority. The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management established in 2005 by UNESCO at the recommendation of the Japanese government with the approval of 191 member states performs the following tasks, among others:

  • Monitoring and analysis of natural and social phenomena
  • Development of methodologies and equipment
  • Capacity development
  • Establishment of knowledge sharing networks
  • Worldwide dissemination of conclusions and new information concerning water hazards and risks

The organisation’s activities are based on three pillars: innovative research, effective capacity building and efficient information networking.

The website of the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management is at http://www.icharm.pwri.go.jp/index.html.