A series of pilot projects are under implementation together with GWP’s Regional Partnerships to test and demonstrate the applicability of the principles of Integrated Flood Management. Experiences and lessons learned will be used to prepare detailed plans for regional projects.
Community-based approaches to Flood Management
Building on the successful implementation in earlier pilot projects in Bangladesh, India and Nepal, the experiences gained will be extended in Southeast Asia. Implementation will be carried out in Thailand and Lao PDR in close cooperation with the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC). The aim of the pilot projects is to increase flood disaster resilience of flood prone communities in selected vulnerable areas where riverine and flash floods pose a prominent risk. Following the concept of integrated flood management, the projects seek to improve self-help capabilities to reduce the negative impacts of floods, while positive effects of floods are enhanced.
Integrated Coastal Flood Management
Coastal flood management is considered in the context of flood caused by storm surges and involves early warning as well as land management and flood preparedness. This project will be undertaken in the framework of the existing Coastal and Inundation Flood demonstration project, a joint initiative of the Joint Commission for Ocean Meteorology and the WMO Commission of Hydrology. The concept applied is based on the Tool on Coastal and Delta Flood Management.
Transboundary Flood Management
In the context of integrated river basin management in transboundary basins, the transboundary approach of flood management aims at harmonizing activities in river basins in order to balance both risks and benefits from flooding. Cooperation with UNECE and Zoï Environment Network have been established. The selection of areas of implementation is under development.
Development of National Strategies based on Integrated Flood Management for the Governments of Kenya and Zambia.
Community approaches to flood management implemented in Bangladesh, India and Nepal
“Study of Historical Floods from an IFM viewpoint” across Central Eastern Europe with special emphasis on flash floods to identify the most appropriate tools for integration of flood warnings.
Application of Integrated Flood Management in the transboundary river basin of Cuareim Quaraí at the border of Brazil and Uruguay.