Monday 5
Community Flood Resilience and Development : From Theory to Practice
Frederic Grelot, Adriana Keating, Wei Liu, Reinhard Mechler
› 11:00 - 18:00 (7h)
› Béziers
Community Flood Resilience and Development: From Theory to Practice
Adriana Keating  1, *@  , Wei Liu  1, *@  , Reinhard Mechler  1, *@  
1 : International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis  (IIASA)
* : Corresponding author


Worldwide disasters associated with natural hazards severely undermine local and national development efforts to support livelihoods, stimulate economic growth, and achieve overall human well-being. Over the past two decades natural disasters have affected 4.4 billion people, caused $2 trillion of damage, and killed 1.3 million people. The accelerating occurrence of low-probability, high-consequence disasters is having a transformative impact on future development in both industrial and developing countries. Disaster risk management has increasingly been mentioned as an aspect to be addressed within the post-2015 MDG framework. 

Floods affect more people than any other type of natural disaster and cause some of the largest economic, social, ecological, and insured losses. Building community flood resilience is a pressing challenge to more and more regions and countries that are exposed to flood risk, mainly owing to growing populations and assets and the changing climate. However, existing knowledge on community flood resilience is highly fragmented and there is a need for more holistic and cost-effective strategies that truly respond to stakeholders' requests and needs. 

This session will bring related expertise from academia, private sector, and key action partners to the same table and weave together resilience concept and socio-ecological system framework in community flood resilience and development. Beginning with two talks, we aim to show that both resilience thinking and socio-ecological systems approach can guide and shape integrated flood risk management strategies for better economic development, environmental conservation, and human well-being. The following round table discussion will focus on how to operationalize the theoretical frameworks and avoid barriers in building flood resilience on the ground. Participants from both academia and partners from private sector (e.g., Zurich Insurance Group), civil society (e.g., International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies), and local development intervention groups (e.g., Practical Action) will interact and exchange ideas on how to effectively understand, influence, support, and disseminate the development of good practices on strengthening the resilience of communities against floods and inform public policy making. Through this session, we also hope to identify and address research gaps on flood resilience and community-based disaster risk reduction and to explore how trans-disciplinary cooperation and public dialogue around disaster resilience and sustainable development can be enhanced. 


The session will be composed of two traditional talks (10-15 minutes) followed by a round table discussion. Detailed arrangement is planned as below - 

1). Session introduction: 3 minutes

2). Talks 1 & 2: 20 minutes (10 minutes each)

3). Introduce round table discussion: 2 minutes

4). Round table discussion: 30 minutes

5). Conclude round table discussion and session: 5 minutes

Session chairs will give the introductions and facilitate the discussion, which will be focused on finding ways and barriers to operationalize resilience and socio-ecological system theories in building flood resilience on the ground. 


1. Adriana Keating and Reinhard Mechler - Resilience thinking in community flood risk management: from theory to practice

2. Joanne Linnerooth-Bayer, Anna Lorant, and Wei Liu - Non-structural measures for integrated flood risk management in socio-ecological systems

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