New! Tool No. 23 on Health and Sanitation Aspects of Flood Management

Tool23pic_web_mInjury and loss of life, as well as trauma, increased incidence of communicable disease, loss of livelihood and disruption of basic services (water supply and sanitation systems) further exacerbating population vulnerability. To effectively address these and other negative impacts of floods on human health, the APFM Tool No. 23 on “Health and Sanitation Aspects of Flood Management” suggests a series of measures to be implemented during the preparedness, response and recovery phases of the flood management process. If integrated into a participatory approach allowing equal consideration of the needs and conditions of different groups of population, these actions would not only strengthen community resilience. They would also improve the determinants of the health sector and protect environmental health services and infrastructure, therefore contributing to sustainable development.

More information about the Tool are available here.
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APFM Tool No.22 on “The Role of the Media in Flood Management” is out!

Effectiveness of Flood Management MeasuresMedia have great potential to establish the link between the general public and decision-makers in the flood management process. APFM Tool No. 22 explains how to take advantage of media’s privileged but delicate position between the two parties and ability to influence risk perception to enhance flood communication. Their possible roles in all phases of the flood management cycle (before, during, and after flooding) are described and integrated into a broader Communication Strategy composed of a Communication Plan, a Dissemination Plan and an Evaluation stage. Theoretical explanations are supported by a series of good practice examples on the use of different media by authorities as well as private organisations.

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APFM launches Tool No. 21 on “Effectiveness of Flood Management Measures”!

Effectiveness of Flood Management MeasuresHow do you know that your organization is doing an effective job in flood management? The new issue of the APFM Flood Management Tool Series on the “Effectiveness of Flood Management Measures” helps to answer this question.

By presenting the various components of a comprehensive evaluation and audit program, the document provides all stakeholders in charge of the effectiveness and efficiency of flood management measures with useful instruments to keep preparedness and prevention plans on track and identify lessons to improve performance over time.

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APFM attends EAWAG & Swiss Water Partnership event on SDG 6

EAWAG-SWP event“The Sustainable Development Goals – what can Swiss partners contribute?”. This was the title of the event organised by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (EAWAG) and the Swiss Water Partnership on 1 December 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. Aiming to discuss the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 dedicated to water and sanitation, the panel gathered experts from EAWAG, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), GEMI – Integrated monitoring of water and sanitation related SDG targets, the Global Institute for Water, Environment and Health (GIWEH), and WaterLex. Following a rousing debate about the main challenges in the monitoring of the target indicators, several initiatives were presented, showing different perspectives by stakeholders dealing with various aspects of water management and sanitation.
Due to its involvement in the implementation of Goal 6, the APFM participated in the event, following with interest the stimulating discussions. Attending the panel allowed the development and strengthening of linkages with institutions having vision and objectives similar to those adopted by the APFM.

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology joins the IFM HelpDesk

CEHStarting from today, the IFM HelpDesk can count on a new Support Base Partner: the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

CEH is a public-sector research organisation, part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It focuses on the study of land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere, working across different disciplines, scales (from national to global) and sectors (academic, public, private and voluntary sectors).

Through the agreement signed between the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and CEH, both institutions committ to strengthen cooperation in areas of mutual interest, including the estimation of rainfall and flood frequency, flood forecasting and prediction, and assessment of the impact of climate and land-use change on flooding. In addition, as a Support Base Partner, CEH will provide technical support to reply to requests received through the APFM HelpDesk that fall within its field of expertise.

The APFM welcomes CEH to the IFM HelpDesk and looks forward to starting working together soon.

IFM Workshop in Thun, Switzerland