Tuesday, February 21, 2012

[EQ] Cities and Flooding - A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century

Cities and Flooding
- A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century


Abhas K Jha | Robin Bloch Jessica Lamond
2012 International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Available online PDF file [638p.] at; http://bit.ly/zaECtp

Website: http://bit.ly/yagjW7

 “…….The occurrence of floods is the most frequent among all natural disasters. In the past twenty years in particular, the number of reported flood events has been increasing significantly. The numbers of people affected by floods and financial, economic and insured damages have all increased too. In 2010 alone, 178 million people were affected by floods. The total losses in exceptional years such as 1998 and 2010 exceeded $40 billion…..”

Urban flooding is a serious and growing development challenge. It is a global phenomenon which causes widespread devastation, economic damages and loss of human lives.

“…The guide provides forward-looking operational assistance to policy makers and technical specialists in the rapidly expanding cities and towns of the developing world on how best to manage the risk of floods. It takes a strategic approach, in which appropriate risk management measures are assessed, selected and integrated in a process that both informs and involves the full range of stakeholders….”

 “…..The guide: Describe the causes, probabilities and impacts of floods– Propose a strategic, innovative, integrated approach to managing flood risk accomplished by selecting and combining structural, hard engineered measures and non-structural management measures

– Discuss the means by which these measures can be financed and implemented while engaging with and drawing on the capacities and resources of all involved stakeholders
---Specify the procedures by which progress with implementation can be monitored and evaluated….”



A Summary for Policy Makers

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

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