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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 18
February 2004 / IFNet secretariat

1. The Year of 2004 has started, simultaneously, the new domain name of IFNet has been launched
2. IFNet appealed at the Pan-African Conference in Addis Abebe, Ethiopia
3. IFNet at the 2nd ADB Water Week in Manila, the Philippines
4. IDI Water Series
The first issue: Flood Hazard Map Manual
5. Numbers of IFNet Participants

1. The Year of 2004 has started, simultaneously, the new domain name of IFNet has been launched

IFNet was established this last March during the WWF3, and 6 months have gone by since the 1st General Meeting that furnished the governing structures. As a new year's resolution, IFNet plans to aggressively participate in international conference and promote works for global flood damage mitigation.

In addition to that, IFNet will make a public appeal to consider the importance of flood issues all over the world. The pilot project for the development process of the Global Flood Alert System (GFAS) is just getting started.

Since the number of participants has reached over 270 within the first year of its establishment, and is gradually increasing, IFNet prepared the independent domain for the efficient and effective communications among the participants. We are looking forward to the positive use of our web site for information sharing, report of activities and communications among participants.

http://www.internationalfloodnetwork.org

info@internationalfloodnetwork.org

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2. IFNet appealed at the Pan-African Conference in Addis Abebe, Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Government and UN organization initiated Pan-African Implementation and Partnership Conference on Water was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from the 10th to 15th of December. IFNet bolstered the image that water is one of the more important issues to many participants who mainly come from African countries.

During the Conference, there were wide varieties of sessions. IFNet presented the activities ad the GFAS in accordance with the objectives derived from WSSD.

The internet toward GFAS by African people is very intense because the system gives birth to considerable benefit to African countries. As a result, IFNet gained more participants through its opportunity.



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3. IFNet at the 2nd ADB Water Week in Manila, the Philippines

The 2nd ADB Water Week in Manila, the Philippines from the 26th to 30th of January, 2004, was held mainly for the purposes of discussing sustainable clean water supply to the poor.

Mr. Kikuchi, Director General of IFNet, attended the follow up meeting of the WWF3 to discuss the IWRM strategies and the water issues caused by the climate changes, together with leading water related organization such as the ADB, WWD, GWP, etc.

The GFAS was recognized as one of the very important tools to help save the developing countries that do not have appropriate precipitation observation systems.

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4. IDI Water Series
The first issue: Flood Hazard Map Manual

This is a periodical series introducing the operational system to mitigate flood damage. I is issued exclusively to IFNet participants. This is one of the guidelines for the Construction Technology Transfer from the Japanese Government.

To bring risk awareness to Japanese people who live in flood prone areas, "The Flood Hazard Map" has been introduced. "The Flood Hazard Map" is defined as: Location Map, which clearly highlights areas where inundation is anticipated and provides evacuation routes to safe areas.

This manual introduces concepts and methodologies that are used in Japan. In addition, the background, objectives and effectiveness is also introduced. If any of you are interested in this manual, please access our website at http://www.internationalfloodnetwork.org/common/FHM_Manual.pdf

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5. Numbers of IFNet Participants

- Individuals : 159 from 42 countries
- Organisations : 120 from 46 countriea
- TOTAL : 279 from 62 countries
(As of February 13, 2004)

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