Workshop in Cholpon-Ata to address the risk of flooding and glacial lake landslides in high mountainsFebruary 6, 2024, 05:41
On February 6, 2024,
Cholpon-Ata will host the opening workshop of the project Supporting Collective
Response to Climate Emergency and Creating Sustainable Development Pathways for
Human Security and Green Transformation. The focus will be on reducing the
risks and consequences of explosions, floods and glacial lake landslides in
high mountain areas.
The seminar will be
attended by representatives of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the
Kyrgyz Republic, the Issyk-Kul District State Administration, specialists,
heads and deputies of pilot villages, rural district leaders, youth
organizations, women's councils, and environmental activists.
The third component of
the project, Reduction of Risks and Vulnerability to Glacial
Lake Outburst Floods and Landslides in Kyrgyzstan, implemented by the United
Nations Development Program (UNDP) with support from the Government of Japan,
is managed by the International Public Foundation Roza Otunbaeva Initiative.
This component aims to strengthen the national disaster monitoring system and
community adaptive capacity in the city of Cholpon-Ata and the villages of
Chon-Sary-Oy and Bosteri.
Under this component, an
environmental monitoring team will be formed and groups will be trained on
climate change impacts, safe behavior, first aid, and the use of environmental
modeling and monitoring tools. Gender awareness activities and public education
on the risk of glacier collapse are planned for the target communities.
The project aims to
establish a sustainable monitoring system at both central and local levels. The
lack of monitoring hinders risk identification and leads to insufficient
knowledge about the prevalence and severity of disaster risks.
Kyrgyzstan's more than
2,000 mountain lakes are threatened by climate change and rising global
temperatures associated with permafrost degradation. Nearly 20% of them are at
risk of disappearing due to natural dam instability, frequent flood outbursts,
and melting of buried ice inside the dams. The estimated risk of glacial lake
outburst is 328 per year, with the last major glacial collapse occurring on
July 8, 2022, in the Jeti-Oguz district of the Issyk-Kul region.