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Flood Management Policy Series

While the IFM Concept Paper being the core to conceptualize the approach of IFM, a set of advocacy papers focusing on specific aspects of IFM, such as social, economic, environmental and legal and institutional aspects are being compiled to facilitate the implementation of IFM principles into the development planning practice of river basins. These advocacy papers aim at initiating the policy makers and flood managers into giving considerations for the issues other than the engineering in the integrated flood management as complementary options.


Adoption of IFM Principles

It has been widely recognized that, in an endeavour to maximize benefits and minimize loss of life, a paradigm shift is required to move from flood control to flood management - from defensive to proactive action - towards a culture of prevention by managing risk of and living with floods. These IFM Principles have been adopted at International and national levels.

IFM advocated by UN-Water

UN-Water, an inter-agency mechanism to coordinate various water related issues being handled by different UN agencies has brought out its first UN-Water policy paper on "Water Hazard Risks" on the occasion of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction, 18-22 January 2005. The paper deals with the current trends in flood management and other water hazards. The paper recommends adoption of strategies such as Integrated Flood Management (IFM) that go beyond traditional response to the impact of individual events and hazards.

IFM advocated by International Flood Initiative (IFI)

WMO and UNESCO launched the International Flood Initiative (IFI) on January 19 2005 during the World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) in Kobe, Japan. The mission of  IFI is to promote an integrated approach to flood management, at the same time, reducing social, environmental and economic risks that result in and from floods and increasing the benefits from floods and the use of flood plains. This mission will be realized by building capacities in countries in order to gain and advocate better understanding and handling of flood hazards, vulnerabilities and benefits by promoting integrated approaches.  

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