Flood resilience through integrated urban flood risk management​

“Integrated flood management is key to enhance resilience against multiple types of flooding” ​

Addressing floods is crucial as heavy flood events can cause widespread devastation, leading to loss of life, property damage, and disruption of communities and economies. Floods are the most common and most costly climate-related disasters in Europe. The World Bank states that investing in climate adaptation leads to returns with an average benefit cost ratio of 4:1. Integrated urban flood risk management has demonstrated its efficacy in strengthening flood resilience, protecting communities, and advancing sustainable urban development. In the context of REACHOUT the cities of Milano, Lillestrom, Cork, and Gdynia flooding is particularly a key challenge and seek sustainable solutions. ​

Major policy questions:

  • How can the city’s resilience increase against all flood related hazards (river, sea and pluvial) under a changing climate?​
  • What are the main flood risks under climate change?​
  • How to improve risk-based planning, across local to national scales?​
  • How can we weigh social vulnerability in the prioritization of adaptation actions?

In Cork City, one of the major challenges is dealing with a combination of flood-related hazards, including those from rivers, the sea, and heavy rainfall. These types of flooding events are expected to become more severe due to climate change and rising sea levels. To address this issue, one relevant approach is risk-based urban planning, determining where and how to build, while aligning with national policies. ​Additionally, it is crucial to consider social vulnerability when prioritising actions to make Cork more resilient to flooding. To achieve these goals, the FloodAdapt tool, in combination with Climate resilient development pathways, RESIN Adaptation Option Library and the Social vulnerability mapping tool, are proposed as a set of REACHOUT tools. This approach allows for the analysis of climate change-induced hazards in different parts of the city, the assessment of the effectiveness of various solutions, and the prioritization of measures and vulnerable areas for creating pathways to enhance flood resilience.​

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The climate story of Gdynia​

Short summary: A story about Jan and Maria during extreme precipitation.

Theme: Flooding

End user: Citizens

Link to the story: under construction