The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

International Water Association

Delivering risk management strategies for coastal communities

Call for reviewers for PEARL knowledge base on resilience strategies

Rapid urbanisation in coastal areas, combined with climate change and poor governance, can lead to a significant increase in the risk of local pluvial flooding. Considering also high water levels in rivers and high tide or storm surges from the sea, there can be a greater risk of devastation in coastal communities.

There is a growing need to improve forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities using state of art science and technology to help policy makers, urban planners and emergency services to develop robust risk reduction strategies.

To tackle this challenge, the Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastaL regions (PEARL) project funded by the European Union is assisting the development of adaptive risk management strategies for coastal communities, taking a multidisciplinary approach integrating social, environmental and technical research and innovation. Read More...