Towards a socially just flood risk management in developing countries

van den Homberg, M. & Sakic Trogrlic, R. (2023). Towards a socially just flood risk management in developing countries. In: Handbook of Flood Risk Management in Developing Countries. Eds. Oladokun, V., Proverbs, D., Adebimpe, O., & Adedeji, T., Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9781003160823 10.1201/9781003160823.

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Due to climate change, hydrometeorological hazards such as river floods are increasing in intensity and frequency. The combination of population growth and socio-economic developments means that more and more people are exposed to floods. This chapter explores the challenges and opportunities in creating a socially just flood risk management that adequately reaches and supports the most vulnerable and poor communities. For a case study in Malawi, we give examples of public and private flood risk management actions across the disaster management phases of preparedness, response, and mitigation. We show the risk of having parallel systems of both NGO- and state-led flood risk management with limited levels of integration. We recommend a more holistic flood risk governance across actors, geographic levels, and types of floods. Currently, developing countries have a lower level of access to technology, funding, and capacity required for effective flood risk management than developed countries. Social justice principles such as distributive and normative justice should drive the equitable allocation of means of implementation to level differences within a country and between those countries with the capacity and those without, recognising the commitment to leave no one behind.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA) > Systemic Risk and Resilience (SYRR)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2023 14:43
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2023 14:43

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