Applying “Forecast-based Action” to reduce forecastable natural disasters' Impact on most vulnerable population in Kyrgyzstan

In January 2019 the Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan (RCSK) with technical support of the German Red Cross (GRC) and close cooperation with the Agency of Hydrometeorology (Kyrgyz Hydromet) and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic (MoES) launched the "Forecast-based Action" (FbA) project funded by the Deutsche Bank Stiftung.

A three years project will aim to implement the Early Action where the forecast of the extreme event indicates the highest probability of humanitarian impact in Kyrgyzstan. The similar project activities will be launched in Tajikistan with respective governmental structures and partners.

Pic.1 Forecast Based Action (FbA) induction workshop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Photo credit: RCSK/GRC

On 5-8 February 2019, an induction workshop was held in Bishkek for the RCSK and RCST project teams, consultants involved in both countries and GRC representatives. The technical details of the project implementation were discussed and agreed among project specialists. In close cooperation with respective Governmental structures, national and international stakeholders the project aims at elaboration and validation of Early Action Protocols (EAPs). The extreme events like heat wave and cold wave periodically happen in Kyrgyzstan. Based on forecast and analysis of possible impact, the EAPs will be activated to help vulnerable people before a disaster strikes. Cooperation with the main stakeholders in this area is crucial to have realistic and effective EAPs.

Therefore, it’s envisaged to establish regular meetings with partners and the first round-table will be organized in March 2019 in Bishkek for more detailed presentation of the project and discussion of possible cooperation. In case you need more information, you are welcome to contact Mr. Zamir Duisheev, FbA Project Coordinator, RCSK Office either by phone +996 (559) 88-99-59 or email: z.duisheev@redcrescent.kg