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Buiding Flood Resilience in a Changing Climate: Insights from the United States, England and Germany

Series of four reports on flood risk management (FRM) systems in the United States, Germany and England reveal that despite many activities, current approaches do not adequately factor in the changing risk landscape linked to climate change, land-use planning and development practices.

The study urges stakeholders to take a holistic, forward-looking approach to managing flood risk, among other actions, in order to strengthen societal resilience to floods.

Jad Ariss, Geneva Association Managing Director, commented: “Floods are the most costly weather-related event globally, and climate change is likely to increase their frequency and severity. The impacts of weather-related events such as floods are a special threat alongside COVID-19, with government resources for emergency management and socio-economic recovery already stretched. We hope our findings effectively guide the public and private sectors in protecting society from this growing risk.”

Maryam Golnaraghi, Director Climate Change and Emerging Environmental Topics, and the study’s lead investigator said: “Flood risk management is a multi-faceted challenge that requires close stakeholder coordination and clearly defined roles, responsibilities and incentives. The need for a paradigm shift to a risk-informed, anticipatory and system-wide approach to managing disaster risks cannot be stressed enough. This requires a change in behaviour not only from those tasked with managing risks, but also those at risk or involved in creating the risks.”

The Geneva Association has published four reports on the United States, Germany, England and a summary report (June 2020). Studies on Australia and Canada are forthcoming.