Floods are one of the most common and serious types of natural disasters affecting cities. More population density in urban areas means that exposure of assets and settlements widens, especially with poorly managed urbanization (clogged drains, unregulated spatial expansion, inadequate housing). At a household level, floods also increase the vulnerability of the urban poor through water-borne diseases, lower nutrition, fewer education possibilities and disrupted sources of livelihoods.
Even if it is impossible to completely eliminate flood risk (even in highly resilient countries), more needs to be done in order to manage existing risks and anticipate future hazards. The good news is that the toolbox of flood risk management measures has never been as comprehensive and innovative as before, and is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary and flexible.
Join development leaders, expert practitioners and policy-makers during this thought-provoking two-week online forum to discuss how we can better design, implement and integrate different approaches to urban flood risk management, and ensure that cities and towns in the future are more informed, better equipped and sufficiently prepared to face natural disasters such as floods.