Landmark anniversaries for two WMO Programmes

Two WMO programmes mark milestone anniversaries in 2022: it is the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) twentieth year and Integrated Drought Management Programme’s (IDMP) tenth. Both have many accomplishments to celebrate.

APFM, a joint WMO and Global Water Partnership (GWP) programme, launched in 2001. Over the last 20 years, it has supported government agencies, international organizations, private companies and academia with scientific guidance materials, tools and pilot projects on integrated flood management, on implementing holistic approaches to monitor flooding and on forecasting and managing floods to minimize the loss of life and livelihoods.  To do so, APFM forged a network of 35 partners that provides expertise in the multi-disciplinary integrated flood management environment. Since 2009, it operates an Integrated Flood Management HelpDesk (IFM HelpDesk) that offers guidance, capacity building opportunities and project proposal development expertise to various stakeholders. With more than 500 requests fulfilled, the IFM HelpDesk is an open entry point to access WMO expertise and know-how on managing floods.

IDMP, launched in 2013 and also a WMO and GWP joint programme, aimed to change the reactive, piecemeal approach to drought to a proactive, community, country and regional level integrated drought management approach. Ten years later, IDMP has grown to include more than 40 partners and has helped to inform countless climate adaptation strategies and drought plans worldwide.

Both programmes are critical to ensuring that early warning systems reach the last mile and a key component of the United Nations initiative, which is being spearheaded by WMO, to ensure that early warning systems protect all persons on Earth within five years. WMO recognizes the significant milestones for both programmes and looks forward to further achievements as the programmes mature.

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