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Webinar Guyana's Conservancy Adaptation Project

Created by K. Whittington
June 163, 2014 | 4:30 PM | Webinar

Dear Colleagues:

 

The World Bank’s Climate Resilience Beam is hosting a session on Guyana’s Conservancy Adaptation Project: Building Data, Knowledge and Capacity for Catastrophic Flood Prevention on Thursday, June 12.  We invite you to join via webinar!  This session will explore the interventions implemented to reduce the likelihood of flooding and highlight the portfolio of critical investments that emerged from the project analysis.  Keep reading for a full description, webinar access and bio of the presenter.

 

Webinar Log-In Instructions

1. To join the webinar, click on
the link:
https://worldbankgroup.webex.com/worldbankgroup/j.php?MTID=me1dac7566e9c19772ad18ba43f0a532a
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: “beam”
4. Click "Join".
5. You will be prompted to “Connect to Audio”, either through phone or computer audio.
6. If phone, select country and enter number without dashes or parentheses; you will get a call immediately after selecting “connect”
7. If computer, you will do a quick audio test and select “ok” to initiate connection.
8. Explore new features, full screen, chat window, and use the tool bar at the top of your screen.
9. Post questions in the chat window to the host, or directly to other colleagues.

For reference: Meeting Number is “738 407 814”, and password is “beam”

 

Webinar Details

 

  • Title: Guyana’s Conservancy Adaptation Project: Building Data, Knowledge and Capacity for Catastrophic Flood Prevention
  • Date: Thursday, June 12
  • Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
  • Presenter: Isabella Bovolo, PH.D.

 

Description:  TheEast Demerara Water Conservancy (EDWC) and east coast drainage and irrigation systems provide water storage and flood control mechanisms for Guyana’s most populous region, including the capital city of Georgetown. In 2005, extreme rainfall caused devastating flooding along these coastal lowlands, with many areas remaining inundated for up to three weeks.  The flood highlighted the vulnerability of the EDWC dam to overtopping and potential breaching.

 

The Conservancy Adaptation Project (CAP) was conceived in the wake of the 2005 flood to help the Government of Guyana adapt to the threats posed by future climate change.  The project was implemented from 2008-2013 and received financing from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF). This BBL will look at the interventions implemented to reduce the likelihood of flooding along Guyana’s low-lying coastal areas that are also threatened by sea level rise.  It will also highlight the US$123 million portfolio of critical investments that emerged from the engineering analysis and studies under the project.

 

Interventions included:

  • LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) laser mapping aerial surveys and high-resolution aerial photography.
  • Ground-based bathymetric surveys that enabled the construction of the first high-resolution topographic and land-use map for the EDWC and east coast, suitable for modeling water flow across the low-lying region.
  • Computer models of the EDWC and east coast set up for understanding how the hydrological system varies under extreme weather scenarios and for testing the impacts of various proposed interventions.

 

Presenter’s Bio

Isabella Bovolo is a hydrologist with experience in water resources (including river and climate monitoring and modelling) and looking at the impacts of climate change. She has been supporting the Conservancy Adaptation Project pre-investment studies for design of engineering works and follow-up investment disaster risk management projects as well as helping to communicate project results. Isabella was previously the Chief Scientist for the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation & Development in Guyana and has been a member of staff in the water resources group with the School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences in Newcastle University, UK.

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