Author: Robby Soetanto David Proverbs

Call for contributions to the special issue of journal of flood risk management: “Innovation management toward improved resilience to flooding”

Source(s): Journal of Flood Risk Management (Wiley)
"The flood mural is a collaborative effort between Nepal’s National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Authority (NDRRMA), the Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), Rajapur Municipality, and the Youth Innovation Lab. The activity was carried out first in the classroom where children were allowed to express their experience living with flood through drawings and artistic expression.   In the mural, ominous clouds hinted at relentless rain, conveying a message about future flood risks amidst climate
Youth Innovation Lab / Skanda Gautam.

Call for papers

The increasing severity and frequency of flood events globally combined with scarcity of resources, have urged various stakeholders to consider adopting and implementing innovative solutions to mitigate the impacts and adapt to improve resilience. To bring most benefits, these innovative solutions should be mainstreamed, embedded within social systems, and supported by appropriate governing frameworks. Despite their potential, such innovative solutions can also introduce greater risk of failure and unintended consequences if the adoption and implementation process is not carefully managed.

This Special Issue invites papers reporting the findings of research into the management of innovation to improve the resilience to flooding. Contributing papers may report on the adoption and implementation process of flood resilience innovation in a specific group or unit of adopters (such as local communities). Alternatively, papers may present the development of specific innovation (e.g. technological, organisational, new product, or process) to improve flood resilience. In any case, papers are expected to describe how the proposed solutions are innovative (i.e. contributing to the advancement of specific subject of research), and identify lessons learnt for the management of innovation, or for enhancing their implementation in different cases and situations.

Environment Agency flood and coastal innovation programme

Between 2021 and 2027, local authorities, together with other risk management authorities, partners and communities are developing innovative solutions to flood and coastal resilience in rural and urban communities across England. The 25 projects are addressing current and future risks, including flooding from the sea, rivers, groundwater and surface water.

The approach of the programme is one of 'learning from doing' and includes projects:

  • Piloting innovative property flood resilience
  • Progressing innovative approaches to sustainable drainage in inner city areas to benefit heavily urbanised communities at risk of surface water flooding
  • Working with land managers in rural areas to develop nature-based solutions and integrated water solutions to improve resilience to floods and drought
  • Developing new technologies for providing localised surface water flood warnings for remote communities
  • Creating new habitat that bolsters shoreline resilience to coastal flooding and erosion
  • Working with private sector partners and local strategic partnerships to trial new and innovative financing

Collectively, the 25 projects aim to:

  • Support local authorities, businesses and communities to test and demonstrate innovative practical resilience actions in their areas
  • Improve the resilience of 25 local areas, reducing the costs of future damage and disruption from flooding and coastal erosion
  • Improve evidence on the costs and benefits of innovative resilience actions and demonstrate how different actions work together across geographical areas
  • Use the evidence and learning developed to inform future approaches to, and investments in, flood and coastal erosion risk management

Funding will also be used to support the projects and the evaluation of the programmes, so we can mainstream learning, tools, and products. This will benefit practitioners and policy makers across the country who are delivering flood and coastal resilience projects.

Special note

Potential contributors are invited to consult and/or send a synopsis of their paper to Guest Editors; and for guidance regarding the suitability and development of the paper.

Fee Waivers

The publishers, Wiley, offers Full Fee Waivers and Discounts to authors based in low- and lower middle-income countries and locations; please check this information:

The submission deadline for full papers is 31 January 2025.

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