Approaches to Flood Management - Andrea and Karthick


Approaches to Flood Management:

Comparing Traditional and Contemporary Flood Management Strategies

By Andrea and Karthick

Every year, nearly 196 million individuals from over 90 countries are exposed to a calamitous flood event.  In sum, between 1980 and 2000 over 170,000 deaths were attributable to major flooding.  Over time, the techniques to minimize detrimental effects and amplify some of the benefits, has grown and become more complex.  In moving through the evolutionary arc of flood management, we see (1) indigenous flood adaptation, (2) flood control strategies, and (3) non-structural approaches.  However, given the complex issues arising from flood events, there has been an emergence of a more holistic approach, often referred to as Integrated Flood Management (IFM).  Though there are minor differences amongst proponents of this approach, common principles often discussed are:         

-        Reducing the scale of floods (i.e. better catchment management, controlling runoff, detention basins, dams, protecting wetlands);

-        Isolating the threat of floods (i.e. flood embankments, flood proofing, limiting floodplain development);

-        Increasing people’s coping capacity (emergency planning, forecasting, warning, evacuation, compensation, insurance)

(Dams and Development, 2000)


Session #1

Ultimately we would like to introduce, compare and contrast some of the traditional techniques described above with IFM in further depth.  However, first we will need to broaden our understanding of the complex nature between floods and the environment, the economy, and society.  In the first session we will briefly discuss broad flood issues related to topics covered in class.  Also in this session, we will break into a class discussion of the readings introducing flood management strategies.  To guide some of your thoughts on the readings, questions to consider include:

-        What is ‘good’ flood management and what are its prime objectives? Does this differ depending on location?

-        How do different flood management strategies compare?

-        How do flood management strategies compare in the developing versus developed world?

-        What are some of the barriers to good flood management?

-    Who and what are at risk from flooding?

-        How do we increase individuals coping capacity?


Session #2

The second session will expand on the first, through a comparison of flood management strategies in a less economically developed country (LECD) and more economically developed countries (MEDC).  In order to do this, we will divide the class into two groups. 


Group #1 (Alice, Hannah, Jason, Julie, Matt, and Sazid)

-       This group will examine flood management in Bangladesh and apply their knowledge to a specific scenario.

 

Group #2 (Christina, Humberto, Kelly, Kirsten, Laura, and Sean)

-       This group will examine flood management in the Netherlands and British Columbia and apply their knowledge to a specific scenario.



Schedule:

10:00 am - Overview of Presentation 

                 - Current Flood Issues and Global Context

10:10 am - Group Brainstorming and Discussions of Readings

10:35 am - Brief Review of Case Studies (i.e. Developed and Developing Counties)

10:40 am - Scenario Brainstorming and Group Discussion

11:00 am - Group #1 Presents

11:10 am - Group #2 Presents

11:20 am - Questions and Answer


Readings

Session #1

Concepts of Integrated Flood Management (IFM)

Dams and Development pp.160-163 "Integrated Flood Management"

Assessment of Flood Control and Management Options pp. 42-45 "Managing all Floods and Not Just Some"


Session #2

INTEGRATED FLOOD MANAGEMENT- EXPERIENCES OF 13 COUNTRIES WITH THEIR IMPLEMENTATION AND DAY-TO-DAY MANAGEMENT   

Group #1 Readings:

    -Integrated Flood Management: Bangladesh Case Study (Full Article)
    -Integrated Flood Management: Bangladesh Case Study (Executive Summary)

Group #2 Readings:

    -Comparing Integrated Flood Management in BC and the Netherlands










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