Strengthening Flood Risk Management Policy and Practice in the People’s Republic of China: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Yangtze River Floods | Asian Development Bank

Strengthening Flood Risk Management Policy and Practice in the People’s Republic of China: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Yangtze River Floods

Publication | December 2017
Strengthening Flood Risk Management Policy and Practice in the People’s Republic of China: Lessons Learned from the 2016 Yangtze River Floods

Key lessons on managing flood risks from the Yangtze River floods in 2016 illustrate a connection between flood risk management, environmental management, and ecosystem sustainability.

In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), recent flood events revealed that the majority of flood damages does not come from the main stem river but from small- to moderate-sized river sub-basins. This paper reviews recent flood experience in the PRC in the context of national flood risk management policy and practice. The paper illustrates that there is a connection between flood risk management, environmental management, and ecosystem sustainability. It also highlights the need for a flood footprint and accountability system for the whole river basin and greater involvement of the private sector in flood risk management.

Contents 

  • Introduction
  • Floods in the People’s Republic of China
  • Flood Risk Management in the People’s Republic of China
  • Analysis of Outstanding Problems and Issues
  • Examples of Major Flood Risk Management Initiatives in the People’s Republic of China
  • ADB’s Integrated Flood and Environmental Risk Management Approach in the People’s Republic of China
  • Conclusions and Recommendations