Evidence from Measuring Community Flood Resilience in Asia
Disaster risk and subsequent loss and damage in Asia are increasing at an alarming rate, threatening
socioeconomic gains. Arresting this rapid increase in exposure requires risk-informed development
and urban planning—a challenging proposition complicated by multiple economic and political
incentives. To reduce these risks, action at the national and regional levels must be complemented by
action at the community level. Measuring community disaster resilience can help lead to novel and
systemic investments that build community resilience. Our analysis of community flood resilience data
finds deficiencies and potential for substantial improvements in community flood resilience
investment across the region, with different recommendations for urban, peri-urban, and rural
locations. Our evidence from case studies shows that interventions prioritized by the measurementinformed process are more likely to succeed and be sustainable and have cobenefits for community
Laurien, Finn; Keating, Adriana
Asian Development Bank
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