Natural flood management for disaster risk reduction

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Ecosystem-based approaches can provide effective solutions for flood risk management.

Men and women use a large sponge instead of a boat on road filled with water. This occurs during severe flooding in Thailand.
Our cities aren’t just concrete jungles. Every blade of grass, every tree, pond, lake and lump of soil together form vital infrastructure.
Arup International Development
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2022
This paper examines seven cities across the world with different urban profiles – from the densely packed Mumbai to Auckland, which is known for its generous public parklands. Each city was given a sponginess rating based on three major factors.
Arup International Development
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2022
This article aims to provide a thorough assessment of water quality and quantity incorporating the estimation of future patterns as a result of climate change from economic, environmental and social perspectives.
Natural Hazards (Springer)
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2021
Undervaluing the protections natural ecosystems provide against flooding has detrimental impacts for society, particularly given the increase in flood hazard in the context of climate and land-use changes.
One Earth (Cell Press) (Elsevier)
Recently published research conducted by Bangor University and Forest Research reviews the knowledge on roles of forested lands for natural flood management in the UK.
Bangor University
Such measures can encourage larger and smarter investments that reduce disaster costs.
The Pew Charitable Trusts