Call for contributions: Handbook of Flood Risk Management and Community Action: An International Perspective

Author

Divine Kwaku Ahadzie

David Proverbs

Robby Soetanto

Victor Oladokun

Source(s)
Taylor and Francis

Call for chapter contributions:

Handbook of Flood Risk Management and Community Action: An International Perspective

Extreme weather events and associated increasing floods events across the world has brought the need to intensify community action in flood risk management efforts. Despite significant investments in the provision of flood infrastructure, structural defences are often overwhelmed by the frequency and intensity of recent floods. This means that, communities face increasing flood risk which calls for urgent action to intensify community-based flood risk initiatives. This is particularly critical in the knowledge that, while communities are generally not well-prepared to cope with floods, their activities can exacerbate the impact of floods. Moreover, flooding is influenced by geography, and climate and flood risk management initiatives are also shaped by economic circumstances, governmental policies and sociocultural factors. There is therefore the need for an understanding of the best practices across the world including how government policies and cultures are influencing appropriate risktaking behaviours toward recognising sustainable community initiatives. Thus, this handbook is at the core of understanding enhanced community-based flood risk initiatives that are making positive impact, and are influencing the perceptions, behaviours and cumulative resilience at the community level.

This edited book is therefore seeking to understand community-based flood risk management from an international perspective, focusing on practices that have received recognition and making positive impact, resulting in resilience-enhancing actions. Within this context, the emphasis is on understanding community efforts in mobilizing resources for engagements in communication task force, evacuation, and recovery; before, during and after flood incidence. This emphasis on community action aligns very much with Gilbert Fowler Whites’ plain philosophy of “learning to live with Water” and the 2015 Sendai Framework focus on enhancing community effort in disaster risk reduction, as the 21st Century approach to building resilient communities. Hence, this handbook represents a unique addition to the flood risk management literature.

Please see the enclosed handbook flyer for further details.

If you are interested to contribute a chapter, please contact: Professor Divine Kwaku Ahadzie via email: dkahadzie.cabe@knust.edu.gh

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