Water-Related Disasters and Disaster Risk Management in the People’s Republic of China

Publication | December 2015

In the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the incidence of natural disasters—particularly water-related disasters—are on the rise, resulting in an increased exposure to and vulnerability of the population to disasters.

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Disaster risk now presents one of the most serious threats to inclusive and sustainable socioeconomic development. Coupled with anticipated increases in the frequency and intensity of weather-related events due to climate change, the PRC's population is at heightened risk. This review focuses on water-related disasters, including identification of underlying causes, current management and policies to reduce risk, and opportunities for strengthening integrated disaster risk management in the PRC.


  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Water-Related Disasters in the People’s Republic of China
  • Climate Change Observations, Projections, and Impacts on Water-Related Disasters
  • Analysis of Risks, Exposure, Vulnerability, Trends, and Implications for Human Health and Food Security
  • Management of Water-Related Disaster Risks in the People’s Republic of China
  • Gaps and Opportunities in Water-Related Disaster Legislation and Management in the People’s Republic of China
  • International Experience and Best Practices
  • Conclusion and Final Recommendations
  • Appendixes

Additional Details

  • Environment
  • Disaster Risk Management
  • Water
  • Water Resource Management
  • China, People's Republic of
  • 62
  • 8.5 x 11
  • RPT157747
  • 978-92-9257-149-8 (print)
  • 978-92-9257-150-4 (electronic)

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