2017 Advisory and Management Committee Meetings

The Associated Programme on Flood Management Advisory and Management Committees held their annual meeting at the World Meteorological Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4 to 5 September 2017 to look back on the past year’s achievements and to strategize for the way forward.

To view the annual report, please click on the link below:

APFM Support Base Partner Deltares presents IFM Guidance Document at ICFM7

Selecting Measures and Designing Strategies for Integrated Flood Management: A Guidance Document was presented by APFM Support Base Partner Deltares at the 7th International Conference on Flood Management, which took place in Leeds, United Kingdom from 5-7 September 2017. Herman van der Most, who co-authored the publication, presented the Guidance Document at a poster session on policy and governance for resilience.

ICFM7 was aimed at examining the issues and challenges affecting flood management, especially the need to build resilience into future planning. Other themes explored during the conference were engineering for resilience, impact of climate change and urbanization, and flood prediction and forecasting.

View the poster: Design of Strategies for Integrated Flood Management to guide implementation in policy and practice

Seeking Synergies for Mainstreaming Gender in Flood Management

APFM participated in two gender-focused events over the past few months to find synergies with potential partners for the Training Manual for Mainstreaming Gender in Flood Management, which is currently under development.

APFM attended the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria from 23 to 28 April 2017 to participate in a special session on Hydrological risk under a gender and age perspective. The APFM presentation highlighted the World Meteorological Organization’s efforts in gender mainstreaming in geosciences, with a special focus on integrated flood management. Through this event, APFM found opportunities for testing and linking with possible beneficiaries for the training manual.

On 19 June 2017, APFM participated in a workshop held by the Global Water Partnership (GWP) in Stockholm, Sweden focusing on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Water Resources Management. GWP shared findings from its scoping study on the Gender-Water-Development Nexus and led dynamic discussions on identifying gaps and opportunities, lessons learned, getting started, monitoring and evaluation, the importance of sex-disaggregated data, and taking action. The workshop was a good opportunity for networking with potential donors, civil society members, academics and river basin representatives.

APFM is actively seeking funding opportunities for the development of the training manual. Please get in touch with us if you are interested in collaborating with APFM on this effort!

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New Resource on Harnessing Nature to Manage Rising Flood Risk

APFM Support Base Partner World Wildlife Fund has released Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide (Flood Green Guide)introducing an integrated framework for flood management, and drawing on policy, green infrastructure and conventional engineering to help communities adapt and better manage growing flood risk. The Flood Green Guide is an open-source resource supported by training and a resource library, and drew from the APFM IFM Tools during its development. APFM is working with WWF on developing a training curriculum based on the Flood Green Guide, specifically designed for those responsible for flood risk management, including municipal governments, community groups and non-governmental organizations worldwide.

“We can’t afford to continue to invest in short term solutions that don’t take into account how weather patterns, sea levels and land use are changing the nature and severity of flooding,” said Anita van Breda, World Wildlife Fund’s senior director of environment and disaster. “We need to design and develop systems that can adapt to changing circumstances while also keeping our communities, infrastructure, and environment safe. The most durable flood management strategies are locally specific and factor in what’s happening in the watershed, both upstream and downstream of individual projects.”

The Flood Green Guide, developed in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of U.S.  Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA), provides a step-by-step framework for flood managers to understand the factors contributing to flood risk in their region, and to pull together the appropriate policies, nature based solutions, and traditional engineering to address the problem.

The guide promotes using non-structural methods such as land use zoning as first step, and then integration of natural and nature-based methods, combined with hard engineering if needed, to manage flood risk. Natural and nature-based methods, like upstream reforestation, green roofs on downstream urban areas and wetland restorations and management can improve the function of – and reduce overall costs associated with – conventional engineering. They also allow communities to reap the co-benefits the environment can provide such as: cleaner water, reduced air temperatures and green space for human recreation while protecting livelihoods such as agriculture and fishing.

”Floods do not recognize national or administrative boundaries,” said Sezin Tokar, Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor for USAID/OFDA.  “Any action in one part of the watershed will affect everyone else living in the watershed.  That’s why an integrated and basin-wide approach is critical to save lives and protect the property of people living near the water.”

For more information about the guide or to view the resource library, visit: http://envirodm.org/flood-management

Apply Now: Global Competition for Youth-Led Projects on Flood and Droughts

Calling all youth leading flood and drought management projects! Applications are currently being accepted for the Global Competition for Youth-Led Projects on Flood and Droughts, organized by the Water Youth Network in collaboration with the World Meteorological Organization/Global Water Partnership flood and drought management programmes: Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) and Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP). This competition is designed to showcase practical examples and cases on how an integrated approach to flood and drought risk management has been advanced in practice by or through the involvement of youth under the following three themes:

  1. Understanding risk: Participatory data collection (hazard, exposure, vulnerability), risk modelling tools, assessment and mapping and risk communication
  2. Early Warning System development: Impact based forecasting, needs assessment, warning communication (technologies), response, and warning evaluation
  3. Risk management and planning: Identifying, evaluating and implementing mitigation, preparedness, recovery and response measures at the local level

Applications fall under two categories (organisations may submit applications for both categories):

  • Category 1: Ongoing youth projects
    Could be research, volunteering or case studies where young people are acting as social innovators and communicators to bridge the gaps between science and action to make flood and drought risk management more integrated and effective at the local level. The winner will receive an opportunity for collaboration with APFM and IDMP, with direct support of up to 1,000 EUR + a trip to present the project at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May 2017
  • Category 2: New youth project
    Includes innovative projects and projects developed on existing knowledge that engage youth to support integrated flood and drought risk management at the local level. The winner will receive an opportunity for collaboration with APFM and IDMP, with direct support of up to 3,000 EUR + a trip to present the project at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction Conference in Cancun, Mexico on 22-26 May 2017

The winning projects will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Should be youth-led activities/project and include youth participation across all aspects of the project. The project team members should be less than 35 years.
  • Relevance to the theme of integrated flood and drought risk management
  • Should address social needs at the local level
  • Innovative approaches and solutions to problems
  • Consideration of local partnerships and multi-stakeholder integration
  • Financial feasibility
  • Sustainable with possibility to upscale and replicate

The deadline for submission is 31 March 2017. Results will be announced on 26 April 2017.

For more information, download the flyer and concept note.

To download the application form, click on the links below:

F2F Event 2016: Urban DRR and Urban Resilience

APFM participated in the F2F Event 2016: Urban DRR and Urban Resilience organized by the Swiss NGO DRR Platform in Thun, Switzerland from 6 to 8 December 2016. The objective for APFM was to network with NGOs working in the field on disaster risk reduction and flood management issues, as well as to understand the needs of NGOs on flood management issues and find out how to better collaborate. APFM moderated a 40-minute session with the participation of about 10 participants on the topic of integrated flood management (IFM) in urban areas. An infographic based on the IFM Tool: Urban Flood Management in a Changing Climate was presented during the session to convey the main challenges related to flood risk management and possible actions in urban areas, the concept of IFM, as well as the role and activities of APFM.

Regional Training Course on Flood Safety for Nuclear Installations

APFM took part in an Expert Meeting at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Headquarters in Vienna, Austria from 13 to 15 July 2016 to provide support in developing training modules on flood hazard assessment and protection of nuclear facilities against floods. Experts invited to the meeting – comprising WMO, Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) and Istituto Universitario di Studi Superiori di Pavia (IUSS Pavia) – discussed the structure and contents of these modules and helped to disseminate available tools on non-nuclear expertise such as flood risk mapping and harmonizing methods for risk assessment. Based on this expert meeting, a regional training course on flood safety for nuclear installations was organized by IAEA in Pavia, Italy from 28 November-2 December 2016. An expert from WMO facilitated two sessions focusing on data issues and models, with very positive feedback from participants.