Flood Risk Management: A Strategic Approach

Date: May 2013
Type: Books
Subject:
ISBN: 978-92-3-001159-8 (print)

Description


Why Asia and the Pacific Need Disaster Risk Financing

Over recent decades the concept of flood risk management has been cultivated across the globe. Implementation however remains stubbornly difficult to achieve. In part this reflects the perception that a risk management paradigm is more complex than a more traditional standard-based approach as it involves "whole systems" and "whole life" thinking; yet this is its main strength and a prerequisite for more integrated and informed decision making.

This book is the result of a collaborative effort between the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the General Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Planning and Design (GIWP), Ministry of Water Resources, People’s Republic of China, UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and a number of leading international experts from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and the United States.

It was originally conceived to review and disseminate modern approaches to water management in challenging environments, providing new insights into good strategic planning and risk management of water resources. This book provides a focus on strategic flood risk management and is one in series of six books, which together consider three fundamental water resources management issues: river basin planning (Pegram et al., 2013), basin water allocation (Speed et al., 2013), and strategic flood risk management.

The book focuses on strategic flood risk management policy and practice, and provides an overview of

  • the historical developments and emerging trends in flood management;
  • the purpose and characteristics of modern  flood risk management;
  • the goals, objectives and outcomes sought;
  • the ongoing challenges in developing and implementing  flood risk management in practice together with some of the common pitfalls and misconceptions; and
  • a summary of some specific tools and techniques and how they support good decision making.

Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Introduction
  • Historical Developments and Emerging Trends
    • Historical Developments and Emerging Trends
  • The Philosophy and Process of Flood Risk Management
    • Modern Flood Risk Management
    • Goals, Objectives and Outcomes
    • Governance Frameworks of Flood Risk Management
    • The Adaptive Process of Flood Risk Management
    • Safeguarding and Promoting Ecosystem Services through FRM
    • Implementing Flood Risk Management – Barriers and Enablers
  • Supporting Tools and Techniques for Flood Risk Management
    • Risk and Uncertainty: Principles and Analysis
    • Spatial Planning in Support of Managing Flood Risk
    • Infrastructure Management
    • Emergency Planning and Management
    • Flood Hazard and Risk Mapping
    • Flash Floods - Managing the Risks
    • Insurance and Flood Risk
  • References