Western’s Slobodan Simonovic, Research Chair
in Civil and Environmental Engineering, is helping to design a new
international mechanism for coping with the ever-increasing damage
and loss of life caused by flooding.
One of six members working on the
design, Simonovic, who also works through Western’s Institute for
Catastrophic Loss Reduction, says their work still needs approval
from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) and World Meteorological Organization. Both
are expected to give approval this fall.
Formal launch of the new flood agency
will likely take place at a December workshop on Water and Disasters
organized by Western’s Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
under the leadership of Simonovic.
The International Flood Initiative is
expected to contribute to flood damage mitigation by integrating
scientific, operational, formal and public educational aspects of