Reducing Climate Change-induced Risks from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods in Bhutan
This project, Reducing Climate Change-induced Risks and Vulnerabilities from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods in the Punakha-Wangdi and Chamkhar Valleys, was identified by the National Adaptation Programme of Action of Bhutan as a national priority to address the adverse impacts of climate change. Its goal is to enhance adaptive capacity to climate change-induced disaster impacts in Bhutan. As a contribution to the achievement of this goal, the project objective is to 'reduce climate change-induced risks and vulnerabilities from glacial lake outbursts in the Punakha-Wangdi and Chamkhar Valleys.' The project is anticipated to contribute to risk reduction, improved safety and increased awareness in the involved districts through:
- Systematization and long-term planning of Bhutan’s legal framework and awareness on disaster risk management
- Artificial lowering of the potentially dangerous Thorthormi glacier lake
- Automation and expansion of early warning mechanisms in the Punakha-Wangdue valley
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