The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Adapting to climate change, focus on Disaster Risk Prevention in a long term perspective

This WWF7 Thematic Session (1.3.4) focuses on disaster risk prevention as compared to crisis management, which is more common in most countries. Emphasis is given to the Netherlands' approach through its Dutch Delta Programme. Other approaches are explored and examined for their strengths and shortcomings.

Date: Thursday, April 16
Time: 14:40-16:40 (GMT +09:00)
Venue: EXCO (building) – third floor
DEC_310 (Room 324)
Daegu, South Korea

Coordinator: Alterra Wageningen University and Research Centre (Alterra)
Co-Coordinator: Deltares, the Netherlands Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, AGWA
The session will explain the concept of disaster risk prevention as opposed to the curative approach, or crisis management, that is the common approach in most countries, and will explain about the requirements this approach poses as compared to the common approach. It will dwell upon the Netherlands’ and Turkey’s perspectives towards risk management and will provide examples of how the approach is implemented.

The Netherlands’ approach is implemented in the Dutch Delta Programme and is a major focus in the work that is done in cooperation with other countries, a.o. through the Delta Alliance. Turkey’s approach is implemented in Konya Closed Basin Drought Management Plan. Other concrete examples that will be presented are Bangladesh, where a Dutch consortium is working on an integrated Bangladesh Delta Plan, Benin, where integrated water management is implemented for the country to become more resilient, and Gabon, where a flood control policy is developed for Libreville. The approach is suitable for short term but also long term prevention and thus encompasses Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).