Thailand, 17 Jul 2013

Zoran Vojinović recognized Water Champion by Asian Development Bank

Zoran Vojinović, Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics at UNESCO-IHE has been recognized as Water Champion by the Asian Development Bank for his work on developing a new approach for managing floods in Asia and the Pacific.

Water Champion in Flood Management

The Water Champions series was developed to showcase individual leadership and initiative in implementing water sector reforms and good practices in Asia and the Pacific. The champions, representing ADB’s developing member countries, are directly involved in improving the water situation in their respective countries or communities. The series is regularly featured in ADB’s Water for All News, which covers water sector developments in the Asia and Pacific region.

Zoran Vojinovic, Associate Professor of Hydroinformatics, is leading a team to undertake flood risk assessment and development of a disaster risk mitigation plan for the historic city of Ayutthaya in Thailand. The Historic City of Ayutthaya, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1991, was subjected to an extreme flooding event in 2011, the worst flooding Thailand has experienced in decades. Under the project that began in March 2013, Zoran and his team will undertake flood risk assessment and develop a risk mitigation plan.

"A special challenge in this project is the fact that we are dealing with intangible values of heritage sites. We are developing intricate one- and two-dimensional hydrodynamic models that capture the floodplain characteristics in the Ayutthaya region. Simultaneously we are directing considerable efforts to determine how to combine tangible and intangible values into a common holistic framework for flood risk assessment", according to Zoran Vojinovic.

Read ADB's featured interview with Zoran Vojinovic on flood management.

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