The Embassy of Japan and UNESCO New Delhi jointly organized an event on 7 August 2019, to congratulate Dr Narakula Srinivasa Rao, recipient of this year’s UNESCO/Keizo Obuchi Research Fellowship.
Dr Rao is a Researcher at the National Geophysical Research Institute, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research , Hyderabad. Under the Fellowship, Dr Rao will be based at the UNESCO International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (I-CHARM) in Tsukuba, Japan, to undertake research on "Impact of water-related disasters on hydrological cycle over the Indian subcontinent from land and space data assimilation" for a duration of nine months. The opportunity is timely, given the increase in climate-related disasters and the need to improve integration of hydrological and meteorological forecasting systems in which I-CHARM is specialized.
Present at the event were Mr Toshihide Ando, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan, Mr Eric Falt, Director UNESCO New Delhi, along with other colleagues; Dr Mrutyunjay Mohapatra, Director General India Meterorological Department, and Mr Kamal Kishore, Member National Disaster Management Authority. “We believe that this fellowship is highly relevant in view of the increase in extreme weather conditions witnessed in India in 2018 and 2019”, said Eric Falt while congratulating the Indian fellow. “It is an opportunity to strengthen the capacity for the development of forecasting systems that give earlier flood warning in situations where a few hours can make a major difference,” he further added.
The UNESCO - Keizo Obuchi fellowships programme was established by the Government of Japan in 2001, to support innovative and imaginative post-graduate research in areas of environment (with particular attention on disaster risk reduction); intercultural Dialogue; information and communication technologies; and peaceful conflict resolution, which is in line with UNESCO’s mandate and programmes.