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Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century
Monday, April 23rd, 2012
World Meteorological Organization

Urban flooding is a serious and growing development challenge, particularly for the residents of the rapidly expanding towns and cities in developing countries. Against the backdrop of demographic growth, urbanization trends and climate changes, the causes of floods are shifting and their impacts are accelerating. Direct impacts from major events represent the biggest risk to life and property. Indirect and often long-term effects, such as disease, reduced nutrition and loss of livelihoods, also erode community resilience and development goals, as does the need to constantly cope with regular, more minor, flooding. The poor and disadvantaged often suffer the most from flood impacts.

The World Bank Disaster Risk Management Regional Coordinator East Asia Pacific, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction and the World Meteorological Organization kindly invite you to the launch of the World Bank’s publication entitled Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century. The publication gives practical technical guidance to key policy and decision-makers and technical specialists in cities in developing countries. The Guide provides forward-looking operational guidance on how to manage the risk of floods in a quickly transforming urban environment and changeable climate. It takes a strategic approach to managing flood risk, in which appropriate measures are assessed, selected and integrated in a process that both informs and involves the full range of stakeholders. Robust solutions can contribute to flood risk reduction, while at the same time create opportunities to promote better and more sustainable urban development.

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