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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:

Chapter 1. Understanding Flood Hazard

Chapter 2. Understanding Flood Impacts

Chapter 3. Integrated Flood Risk Management: Structural Measures

Chapter 4. Integrated Flood Risk Management: Non-Structural Measures

Chapter 5. Evaluating Alternative Flood Risk Management Options: Tools for Decision Makers

Chapter 6. Implementing Integrated Flood Risk Management

Chapter 7. Conclusion: Promoting Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management

Each chapter starts with a full contents list and a summary of the chapter for quick reference. It is then made up of sections which combine general narrative on key aspects of urban flood risk management, case study evidence in the form of lessons from the field on the methods and techniques of fl ood risk management, both positive and where relevant problematic, and "How To" sections on necessary and immediate operational tasks. Each chapter contains a full reference list. This is augmented by lists of further readings for operational tasks. 13 Cities and Flooding A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century

The last chapter captures briefly the essential considerations for ensuring that flood risk management is provided in an integrated way. It sets out benchmarks for assessing progress towards better urban flood risk management, which are presented in alignment with the 12 guiding policy principles and a five-step process, with reference to relevant case study examples.

The Guide is supported by a website: http://www.gfdrr.org/gfdrr/urbanfloods. The website aims to form a platform for practitioners for dialog around the Guide’s themes and content as well as a vehicle for dissemination of the Guide. The website contains additional resources related to the content of the Guide.

  • Cities and Flooding
  • Author/s:
    • Abhas K Jha
    • Robin Bloch
    • Jessica Lamond