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Inclusive transboundary governance at Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

This blog captures the key recommendations for the United Nations Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7) from the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance’s session on the importance of transboundary action and inclusive governance in building urban flood resilience. 

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Inclusive transboundary governance at Asia-Pacific Urban Forum

Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?

Nowadays, it is difficult to imagine any ‘serious’ conversation on disaster risk reduction (DRR) that doesn’t emphasise the importance of local communities, their participation and their local knowledge. Global policies, including the Sendai Framework and Paris Agreement, clearly point out that local knowledge has a role to play in reducing risks and adapting to change. But how is this global rhetoric translated into practical approaches on the ground?

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Local knowledge in flood risk management: are we only paying it lip service?

What we’ve learnt from measuring flood resilience

A major challenge in understanding community flood resilience is the lack of an empirically validated measure of it. To plug this gap the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance (ZFRA) developed the Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC). In the first phase of the Alliance we applied the FRMC tool in 118 communities in nine different countries. This is what we learnt from it. 

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What we’ve learnt from measuring flood resilience

NDCs: an opportunity to prioritise flood resilience in national plans

To increase efforts to respond to increasing risk it is vital to ensure that flood resilience building is central to national governments efforts to tackle the climate crisis. The UNFCCC mandated five year action plans that document national commitments to climate action the aptly named Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) are a great opportunity to do this. 

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NDCs: an opportunity to prioritise flood resilience in national plans

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Build to Last

This Sunday, the 13th of October, is the 30th International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR). An initiative started by the UN General Assembly in 1989 in order to promote a global culture of disaster risk reduction. This year the theme is ‘Build to Last’. 

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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction: Build to Last
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