Flood Resilience

Zurich Flood Resilience partnership

The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and Zurich Insurance Group have established a collaboration alliance to launch a new project on Community flood resilience.

Bangok Flooding, 2011. ID 21906498 © Maiyoo | Dreamstime

Bangok Flooding, 2011. ID 21906498 © Maiyoo | Dreamstime

The multi-year cooperation with the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center (Wharton) in the United States, Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich), Practical Action and the International Federation Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) will identify and address research gaps on flood resilience and community-based disaster risk reduction, demonstrate the benefits of pre-event risk reduction over post-event disaster relief, identify innovative interventions and will improve public dialogue around disaster resilience. In recent years, flood-related disasters have had tremendous social and economic impact around the world—from the Philippines, Thailand, China to the UK, Germany, and the United States, and numerous other countries. Floods affect more people globally than any other type of disaster.

There are considerable opportunities for improvement. In order to help fill this gap, this new multi-year flood resilience program aims to help strengthen the resilience of communities against floods and to develop and disseminate knowledge and expertise on flood resilience. The research collaboration is equally innovative bringing together research institutes with the private sector and key action partners that focus on project implementation. We anticipate that the work and findings will significantly help those at risk, local and national policymakers, civil society, the private sector and donors to better devise flood resilience strategies that can be implemented in highly vulnerable developing and OECD localities.

IIASA focus

IIASA will apply systems’ science in order to inform enhanced flood resilience strategies and break new ground by applying advanced resilience and risk modelling techniques that truly respond to stakeholder requests and needs. The research will be innovative in the design of robust, user-accepted and -friendly policy support, which in collaboration with Practical Action and IFRC will critically inform the implementation of portfolios of measures that contribute to building resilience.

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Last edited: 22 September 2017


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