Before Disaster Hits – Find Information

13 October marks the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. The day is centered around the seven targets of the Sendai Framework, and this year focuses on Target D: reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services. According to the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) floods are the most common natural disaster with the largest impacts on society. GWP Senior Network Specialist Frederik Pischke says that there are great published insights that can help those in need to build resilience – online HelpDesks on flood & drought management offer practical support.

A couple of years ago, GWP, in partnership with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and Deltares, developed a guidance document on "Selecting Measures and Designing Strategies for Integrated Flood Management".  

Pischke says that this publication is more current than ever: “Reaching agreement on problem assessment and policy objectives is the key to successful planning. This is why stakeholder engagement and communication through joint fact-finding and decision-making are at the core of the framework.  

The document provides practical guidance and a starting point for developing an integrated flood risk management strategy and to select measures based on a cascade to reduce risk from the source to the impacted communities. 

For more information, please visit the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) website, and the webpage dedicated to the  International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction. Click the image below for a clearer view.