New Strategy for the International Flood Initiative
The new strategy for the International Flood Initiative (IFI) will be presented and discussed on 13 June 2016 during a dedicated side event of the 22nd Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP). The event will take place from 13:15 to 14:15 in Room IV at the Headquarters of UNESCO.
Flooding is one of the greatest water-related environmental disasters known to us — its human, material and ecological costs are staggering. The number of people vulnerable to devastating floods is expected to continue to rise due to large-scale urbanisation, population growth in flood-prone areas, deforestation, climate change and rising sea levels. On the other hand, floods are natural phenomena that contribute to the biodiversity and sustainability of ecosystems and many human activities.
To reconcile the relationships among development, environmental issues, and disasters, important global decisions were made and came to fruition in 2015, with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction adopted in March, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September, and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December. For the achievement of these global agendas, it is essential to develop a new holistic risk-based approach to the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) that aims at minimising loss from flooding under climate change and maximising the net benefits from the use of flood plains for sustainable development.
The International Flood Initiative (IFI), officially launched in 2005, has revised the strategy for promoting the IFM by identifying seven focus areas and the direction of implementation plan. This side event will share the key ideas and discuss how to realize them and their implementation in policy-making.