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!


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:

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.

IPA FLOODS Workshop in Ankara, Turkey

APFM participated in a three-day workshop held from 8 to 10 November 2016 in Ankara, Turkey under the Programme for Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Floods in the Western Balkans and Turkey (IPA FLOODS). The objectives of the workshop were to support the preparation of River-Basin Management Plans (RBMP) and Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMP) in Turkey; to increase the capacity of national experts to combine structural and non-structural measures in flood management,; and to share data related to Flood Risk Management and the EU Floods Directive (EUFD) within the IPA FLOODS Flood Risk Information System. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Water Resources of the Government of Turkey, together with partners including CIMA Foundation and the Italian Civil Protection. During this workshop, APFM facilitated three sessions on the topics of structural and non-structural measures and their impact when combined, cost/benefit and multi-criteria analyses (theory and application), and the FRMP and RBMP taking the environmental aspects into consideration.

APFM attends FLOODrisk 2016

The APFM Team attended FLOODrisk 2016, the third European Conference on Flood Risk Management, which was held in Lyon, France from 18-21 October 2016. FLOODrisk brought together researchers, policy makers and practitioners across the globe, providing them a platform for sharing their experience in flood risk analysis and innovations in risk management.

The conference was a good opportunity for APFM to learn about innovations and touch base with current partners, as well as to enhance its visibility among and explore synergies with potential partners.

The sessions focused on characterizing flood hazard, consequences and flood risk; risk reduction and management; flood event management; and decision making, policy and governance.  A number of innovative approaches were presented during the conference, such as amphibious architecture, evacuation modeling, smartphone applications for disseminating live information on flood risks to citizens, and e-learning tools to improve the resilience of small businesses.