Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Mitigation Project (Asia Program and South America Program – Nepal and Peru)

This initiative convenes GLOF experts from the Peruvian Andes and Hindu Kush-Himalayan countries to exchange information and experience in the control and mitigation of the impacts of dangerous new glacial lakes. It also assesses how the lakes might be used for water storage and power generation. As a result, a workshop based on south-south exchange and collaboration was proposed as a follow-up to the successful ―"Adapting to a World without Glaciers" workshop held in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru between July 7-15, 2009. Themes of the proposal Nepal workshop, scheduled for April, 2011, would include:
(1) Glacial lake formation, risks, control methods, water storage and power generation,
(2) Freshwater availability scenarios and modeling methods most applicable to the Hindu Kush-Himalaya region, and
(3) Local people‘s experiences in the development of climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation strategies.

Progress in 2009:
TMI Science Director D. Alton Byers visited the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Studies (ICIMOD) and USAID in
Kathmandu in October 2009 where the workshop concept was received with enthusiasm and several
pledges of financial support were made.