From November 6-17, 2017, twelve technical experts from Ghana, Togo, and the Volta Basin Authority, working on strengthening flood forecasting in the Volta Basin participated in a ten-days science cooperation and learning event in Japan organized by the DRM Hub in partnership with Kobe and Kyoto Universities. The training was implemented as part of the capacity building activities under the "Strengthening Flood Management in the Volta Basin" Project, supported by the DRM Hub. The training program was structured to focus on the following aspects:
- Engage the participants in learning and experiencing the first-hand cutting-edge Japanese technologies, research, good practices, and lessons learned on weather and hydrological observation, flood forecasting, and flood risk management through lectures and field based exercises conducted by Kobe and Kyoto Universities
- Assist the experts working on flood management in the Ghana, Togo and at VBA in substantiating their knowledge and experience in flood risk management and applied hydrology
- Provide an opportunity to visit and learn from the offices and facilities of the Ministry of Land Infrastructure Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan and Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). This included daily weather observation centers, multi-purpose dams for flood control, power generation, and water supply, a public education center on water management and use and environmental conservation. Participants’ technical knowledge was reinforced through hands on training on river flow monitoring using real-time video-based technology and by testing various models and equipment, including Rainfall Simulator and Inundation Simulator.