It is widely recognized that flood damages in urban areas can be decreased by taking an integrated risk management approach. This approach, however, has not been realized easily in major cities in Asia. The purpose of this paper is to examine the crucial issues in adopting the integrated approach in developing countries. It reviews Japanese experience and lessons of managing urban flood risks, and compares these lessons with situations in developing countries. It was found that establishing coordination mechanisms among a wide range of sectors is a critical challenge.
Furthermore, the paper proposes practical methods of promoting the integrated approach for urban flood risk management in developing countries. This approach covers:
- River improvement works
- Basin measures which are distributed in the whole river basin
- Non-structural measures
Japan Innovation Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2016, Pages 15-26. This paper is published under a Creative Commons License Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0)