Frontiers of Water-Related Disaster Management and the Way Forward
Effective governance is one of the most essential elements of an overall disaster risk management strategy.
Our world has been witnessing a consistent rise in water-related disasters in recent years. Water-related disasters refer to meteorological events such as cyclones and storms; hydrological events such as floods; and climatological events such as extreme temperatures, drought, and forest fires. Such disasters derail sustainable development, making it paramount to embed water-related disaster resilience into the Sustainable Development Goals. The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has made disaster risk reduction even more challenging.
- Effective disaster risk management (DRM) requires scaling efforts to leverage water hazard data as much as possible.
- Due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, disaster risk reduction has become even more challenging.
- Human capacity development (public education and literacy, empowerment of local governments and community leaders, and media briefings) by adequately addressing the local knowledge and wisdom is a necessity for future policy frameworks.
- Effective disaster preparation, warning, response, and recovery are best made when local governments and organizations work well together and coordinate with organizations on the national level.
- Effective governance is one of the most essential elements of an overall DRM strategy.
- For future dialogues, additional focus should be on identifying best practices related to using state-of-the-art technology to enable efficient governance for DRM.
Policy Brief No: 2020-4