The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

flood resilience

Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities

The University of Waterloo's Intact Centre has released a new report on flood resilience in Canada. Preventing Disaster before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities outlines 20 broadly applicable best practices to design and build new residential communities in Canada that are more flood-resilient. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) supported the development of the report, which included a national consultation, led by the Intact Centre, with over 100 municipal stormwater management experts, engineering consultants, developers, insurers, homebuilders, environmental organizations and other stakeholders in Canada.
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Special Feature in "Ecology and Society" on Resilient Flood Risk Governance

The journal Ecology and Society has come out with a special feature on resilient flood risk governance. The publication is a deliverable of the EU project STAR-FLOOD ("Strengthening and redesigning European flood risk practices: towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements"). The STAR-FLOOD project designed policies to better deal with river flood risks in urban areas across Europe from a combined public administration and legal perspective, with the aim to make European regions more resilient to flood risks.

STAR-FLOOD investigated strategies for dealing with flood risks in 18 vulnerable urban regions in six European countries. This special feature of E&J aims to disseminate the project's main research results to an audience of scholars and practitioners with an interest in increasing the resilience of social-ecological systems to catastrophic natural hazards, and flood risks in particular.

The special feature is available here. It includes 16 articles in all.
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AGWA-U: Supporting Education in Climate Change Adaptation

As a way of carrying out AGWA's vision of mainstreaming effective climate change adaptation practices, we have begun offering graduate level courses in sustainable resource management and climate adaptation. These courses, available beginning April 2016, are being offered on two different campuses -- UNESCO-IHE and Oregon State University. Registration is now open for both. The courses are designed for students in water-related disciplines as well as water professionals seeking to develop their climate adaptation experience.

AGWA is starting with these two initial courses with the goal of expanding into a more standard AGAW-U format that can be used at other universities across the globe. Visit the new "AGWA-U" website to find out more about each course, including details on dates, registration, and content. Read More...
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