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Project Title: Project for Capacity Development of GLOF and Rainstorm Flood Forecasting and Early Warning in the Kingdom of Bhutan

- Hydrology Division

Cyclone CHAPALA at Arabian Sea Updates as of 2:30 PM, 30th Oct. 2015.

The tropical cyclonic storm “CHAPALA” over westcentral Arabian Sea as predicted is moving westwards towards with speed of about 12 kmph and is intensifying into Extremely severe cyclonic storm. It would move wester wards towards the north Yemen and adjoining Oman coast. As the system is expected to move away from the Bhutan no severe adverse weather is expected. However due to the intensity of the cyclone and westerly wind towards Bhutan region, we are expected to receive light rain during next 72 hours.

An update will be issued if there is any changes in the forecast.        

Meteorology Division

Department of Hydro-Met Services

MoEA, Thimphu


Annual Seminar 2015 JICA Technical Cooperation Project on Capacity Development of GLOF and Rainstorm Flood Forecasting and Early Warning, 19th June, 2015

Press Release

Annual Seminar 2015 

JICA Technical Cooperation Project on Capacity Development of GLOF and Rainstorm Flood Forecasting and Early Warning, 19th June, 2015

The “Annual Seminar 2015” for the Project Capacity Development of GLOF and Rainstorm Flood Forecasting and Early Warning in the Kingdom of Bhutan funded by JICA under TCP was held on 19th June, 2015 at Hotel Phuntshopelri, Thimphu, Bhutan. The Seminar was jointly organized by the Department of Hydro-met Services, MoEA in collaboration with JICA Expert Team. The main objectives of the seminar was to provide a platform for sharing progress and lessons from the project and also serve as a scientific forum for knowledge exchange and technical cooperation among relevant stakeholders in enhancing our understanding and approaches in managing climate change-induced flood/GLOF risks and vulnerabilities.

 All the presentations during the seminar were made by the Bhutanese project counterparts and participant from the College of Science and Technology (CST) under the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) covering following topics.

a. Climate change impact on the Glaciers and Glacial lakes in Bhutan 

b. Flood/GLOF Early Warning Systems in Bhutan 

c. Study of Potential GLOF area in Bhutan Himalaya using GIS and Remote Sensing 

d. Snow and Glacier Monitoring in Bhutan

e. GLOF/Flood Hazard Mapping in Bumthang, Chamkharchhu basin 

f. Disaster Risk Management Administration in Bhutan

g. CBDRM Activity in Bumthang, Chamkharchhu basin 

h. Incorporating Disaster Risk Reduction into Bumthang Urban Development Plan 

i. Flood Engineering Management in Bhutan

The Honorable Tengye Lyonpo, Ministry of Economic Affair was the Chief Guest. More than 60 participants from counterpart agencies (Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Department of Geology and Mines (DGM), Department of Engineering Services (DoES), Department of Human Settlement (DHS) under the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS), National Land Commission (NLC), Department of Hydropower and Power Systems (DHPS), National Environment Comission (NEC), Druk Green Power Corporation (DGPC), Royal University of Bhutan (RUB), World Bank, UNDP, NGOs (WWF, RSPN, Tarayana), JICA Bhutan Office including the Member of Parliament (MP) from Trongsa and Bumthang and local governments (Trongsa and Bumthang) attend the seminar.

Issued by JICA Project Management, Hydrology Division, DHMS, MoEA 


Sensitization workshop on Hydro-Met Data Use on 10th and 11th Oct,2014


Sensitization workshop on Hydro-Met Data Use on 10th and 11th Oct,2014

A one day workshop on Hydro-Met data use was organized by Department of Hydro-Met Services as a part of the implementation of National Adaptation Program of Action, NAPA-II Project commenced from July, 2014. The project has been conceived with the objective to enhance national, local and community capacity to prepare for and respond to climate-induced multi-hazards to reduce potential losses of human lives, national economic infrastructure and livelihoods. It has been designed to address the immediate and urgent climate change adaptation needs prioritized through the update of the NAPA undertaken in 2011, involving review and updating of the earlier NAPA produced in 2006. Out of three broad outcomes, the Department of Hydro-Met Services (DHMS) is implementing the third outcome which is dedicated to improving the quality, analysis and dissemination of climate information across climate-sensitive development sectors on a timely and reliable basis to aid climate change adaptation planning and to enhance preparedness and response to extreme weather events.

The workshop was organized to sensitize stakeholders, to establish institutional collaboration and support from key sectors to have a value addition of the services and products DHMS provides to the general public. The participants were from various government, private and corporate agencies.


The work shop was conducted to:

i.        Educate or make the stakeholders aware of data, information and other services DHMS provides and can provide in future.

ii.    Have stakeholder views on hydro-met information which has relevance to their sectors (services which sectors generate for delivery to last mile user based on foundational hydro-met data provided by DHMS and sectorial capacity to make effective use of hydro-met data and services)

iii.  Possible mutual support in installation and maintenance of hydro-met network.

iv.  Discuss approaches and opportunities for sustainability of hydro-met network in future. 


Call for Paper Proceeding for Bhutan Ecological Society (BES)

The Bhutan Ecological Society (BES) would like invite all interested national and international scientists and practitioners to submit their manuscripts (PDF only) to, for consideration for publication in the inaugural issue of Proceedings of BES. Submissions are due by 5 PM on 28 April 2014.

Proceedings of BES is an open-access, internationally peer-reviewed journal to promote knowledge sharing among conservation sectors in Bhutan. Original submissions will be accepted for the following categories:

       Research Article (up to 6000 words). Original theoretical or empirical research in the natural or social sciences, relevant to Bhutan.

       Policy Analysis (up to 6000 words). Informed analysis of current conservation policy topics in Bhutan.

       Review Paper (up to 7500 words). Thorough literature or interview review of a current topic within the journal’s scope.

       Short Communication (up to 2500 words).Important preliminary and novel research or findings (e.g., discovery of new species) that may not appropriate for submission as a full ‘Research Article’.

       Perspective (up to 2500 words).Personal viewpoint on any subject within the journal's scope, or responding to material previously published in Proceedings of BES. Arguments should be supported by evidence with relevant citations.

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