Flood resilience game allows players to experience, explore, and learn about the flood risk of communities in river valleys. The game is designed to help participants – such as NGO staff working on flood-focused programs – to identify policies and strategies which improve flood resilience. It is a board-game played by 8 to 16 players, who each take on a role as a member of a flood prone community. Players take roles of members of different citizen groups (workers, farmers, entrepreneur, and financial services agent), local government and water board officials etc.
Playing this game before designing any project/program helps players to discover vulnerabilities and capacities of the community leading to an advanced understanding of interdependencies and the potential for working together towards flood resilience. They get to explore impact of flooding on infrastructure as well as indirect impacts of flooding on livelihood, market and quality of life while playing the game.
The importance of investment on 5 capitals (Natural Capital, Human Capital, Social Capital, Physical Capital, and Financial Capital) for risk reduction and flood resilience will be evident with the game. The interactions between players create a rich experience that can be discussed, analysed and lead to concrete conclusions. Critically, the game also highlights the importance of bringing stakeholders together to enhance flood resilience.