Cities and Flooding. A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), World Wide Fund for Natural Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) of the World Bank. February 2012
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The document provides practical guidance for the future on how to manage the risk of flooding in the context of an ever-changing urban environment and a changing climate. The Guide serves as initiation for senior decision-makers, regulators, specialists, officials, and to other stakeholders, NGOs and the private sector.
The guide serves as a primer for decision and policy makers, technical specialists, central, regional and local government officials, and concerned stakeholders in the community sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. The Guide embodies the state-of-the art on integrated urban flood risk management. The Guide starts with a summary for policy makers which outlines and describes the key areas which policy makers need to be knowledgeable about to create policy directions and an integrated strategic approach for urban flood risk management. The core of the Guide consists of seven chapters, organized as: understanding flood hazard; understanding flood impacts; integrated flood risk management (structural measures and non-structural measures); evaluating alternative flood risk management options: tools for decision makers; implementing integrated flood risk management; and conclusion. Each chapter starts with a full contents list and a summary of the chapter for quick reference.