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cities and floodingCities and Flooding

A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century

Abhas K Jha | Robin Bloch

Jessica Lamond

How to use the Guide Cities and Flooding:

A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century provides comprehensive, forward-looking operational guidance on how to manage the risk of floods in a rapidly transforming urban environment and changeable climate.

The Guide serves as a primer for decision and policy makers, technical specialists, central, regional and local government officials, and concerned stakeholders in the community sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. The Guide starts with A Summary for Policy Makers which outlines and describes the key areas which policymakers need to be knowledgeable about to create policy directions and an integrated strategic approach for urban flood risk management. The Summary concludes with 12 guiding policy principles for integrated flood risk management.

The core of the Guide consists of seven chapters, organized as follows:

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safer homes stronger communitiesSafer Homes, Stronger Communities
A Handbook for Reconstructing after Natural Disasters

Abhas K. Jha with Jennifer Duyne Barenstein Priscilla M. Phelps Daniel Pittet Stephen Sena

Background Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Disasters was developed to assist policy makers and project managers engaged in large-scale post-disaster reconstruction programs make decisions about how to reconstruct housing and communities after natural disasters. As the handbook demonstrates, post-disaster reconstruction begins with a series of decisions that must be made almost immediately. Despite the urgency with which these decisions are made, they have long-term impacts, changing the lives of those affected by the disaster for years to come. As a policymaker, you may be responsible for establishing the policy framework for the entire reconstruction process or for setting reconstruction policy in only one sector. The handbook is emphatic about the importance of establishing a policy to guide reconstruction.

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strong safe and resilientStrong, Safe, and Resilient

A Strategic Policy Guide for Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

Abhas K. Jha and Zuzana Stanton-Geddes, Editors

The fact sheets on disasters and prevention summarize some of the most recent data relevant for practitioners of disaster risk management (DRM) in the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific region. The Note to Decision Makers introduces the key messages of this report with a focus on decision making. The executive summary provides a brief overview of the key issues, strategic goals, and recommendations for DRM in East Asia and the Pacific. Chapter 1 gives an overview of the key trends related to disaster impacts in the region. Chapter 2 focuses on cross-sectoral issues of institutional arrangements for DRM and outreach to communities. Chapters 3–7 follow the core areas of DRM: risk identification, risk reduction, emergency preparedness, financial protection, and sustainable recovery and reconstruction. The appendixes include additional information related to specific sections of the report, a glossary of key terminology, and a summary of the main activities of the World Bank East Asia and the Pacific Disaster Risk Management team.

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