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Climate change adaptation in the Lena Basin

The Lena is one of the world’s 10 largest rivers. Due to climate change, floods have become very severe in the Lena and its tributaries. In the last five years, there have been two floods of extreme severity, surpassing all floods of this river since records began. Sixty-two towns and villages were badly affected by flooding in 2001 and Lensk town was completely flooded. The direct economic loss was 250 million US dollar. BY Vitaly Kimstach

In order to raise awareness of climate change considerations in water management and policy decision-making, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme of the Arctic Council has initiated, within the framework of the Global Dialogue of Water and Climate, the project "Dialogue on Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in Water Management and Flood Preparedness at the Lena Basin". The Lena Basin Dialogue aims to establish a background to sustainable and climate change sound water management in the Lena basin.


Vitaly Kimstach
AMAP Secretariat