The pilot project in Africa aims to assist the Government to build a flood management strategy based on Integrated Flood Management approach.

 Kenya   Zambia

Government of Kenya is working toward putting in place a National Flood Management Strategy based on Integrated Flood Management approach. The Strategy For Flood Management For Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (The Strategy), which has been developed by Kenyan Experts in close collaboration with WMO and APFM, was developed as one of the pilot projects under the programme. Government of Kenya is committed to put in place a Flood Management Strategy for the country to prevent flood disasters hampering development processes. The Strategy was launched by Honourable Martha Karua, the Minister of Water Resources Management and Development (MWRMD), Government of Kenya.

Implementation of the strategy on the groud
In August 2005, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has launched the study on the Integrated Flood Management for Nyando River Basin, which is a part of Lake Victoria Basin, and it is recognized that this study will be in line with the Integrated Flood Management Strategy. APFM will continuously cooperate with the Government of Kenya and JICA in implementation of the strategy.

Study area


Lake Victoria Basin: Shared between five countries - Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania

Areas affected by floodings in Kenya
Busia, Kisumu, Nyando/Ahero, Bondo, Migori and Siaya Districts

Strategy paper
Download (PDF): Strategy for Flood Management for Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya (1.5MB)


The Government of Zambia, where floods continue to be amongst the most damaging natural disasters, requested WMO to assist to develop a Flood Management Strategy for the country. The pilot project in Zambia was launched in October 2005 to draw up an Integrated Flood Management Strategy for the Kafue basin. The developed strategy could be used as a model for developing a Flood Management Strategy for the whole of Zambia.

Study area
Kafue Basin, a sub basin of the Zambezi river

Strategy paper
Download (PDF): Strategy for Flood Management for Kafue River Basin, Zambia (2.6MB)




Other related projects

  • Project of "Sustainable flood mitigation strategies for southern Africa" by HR Wallingford introduces flood mitigation strategies for floodplain populations in the Southern African Development Community as one activities to improve the resilience of community for flood hazard. Outcomes of this project are available at  www.hrwallingford.co.uk/projects/flood_mitigations_africa.

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