Flood and Drought

The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) and the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP) are joint initiatives of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership.

Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM)

The APFM is a joint initiative of the WMO and GWP. We promote an integrated approach to flood management to maximise the benefits of using floodplains, and minimise the loss of life. Together with our Partners we will provide support to countries and communities through the Programme’s Helpdesk for integrated flood management.

The HelpDesk on Integrated Flood Management provides guidance on flood management policy, strategy, and institutional development, managed by a joint WMO-GWP Technical Support Unit. It draws on the expertise of over 30 organisations in supporting implementation of integrated flood management through tailor-made advice in well over one hundred cases and the provision of technical guidance in thousands of instances, including to GWP Regional and Country Water Partnerships and to the development of other GWP thematic areas.

The Flood Management Policy Series consists of a set of advocacy papers focusing on specific aspects of IFM, such as social, economic, environmental, legal, and institutional aspects that facilitate the implementation of IFM principles into the development planning practice of river basins. These advocacy papers aim at initiating the policy makers and flood managers into giving consideration for issues other than the engineering ones.

Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP)

The IDMP is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and GWP focusing on enhancing drought resilience and aiming to promote better scientific understanding and inputs for drought management, drought risk assessment, monitoring, prediction and early warning, policy and planning for drought preparedness, and mitigation across sectors.

A support function exists through a joint WMO-GWP Technical Support Unit in Geneva, which is working to establish a HelpDesk on Integrated Drought Management, which also acts as a facility for demand-driven support for GWP Regional and Country Water Partnerships. A number of knowledge products have been developed or are in production to provide support to the implementation of integrated drought management. Thirty-one international organisations have designated focal points to collaborate with the IDMP.


Dr. Valentin Aich
Senior Water and Climate Specialist
Global Water Partnership (GWP) and
World Meteorological Organization (WMO)
Email: valentin.aich@gwp.org