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

This initiative convened 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.

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