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Flood risk management and urban resilience workshop

This workshop is part of a comprehensive program known as the "Joint program implementation of sub-regional projects in Asia-an initiative supported by the Republic of Korea and the World Bank/Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). The program is implemented in 15 countries and includes three sub-regional projects focusing on the issues of Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) in the Himalayan region, Typhoons in the Pacific, and Flooding and Resilience in East Asia. A number of follow-up actions were identified to implement an integrated flood risk management approach in the countries participating at the workshop. A virtual system will be put in place as an initial form of a community of practice (CoP) for urban flood risk management to encourage further peer-to-peer knowledge exchange and foster regional cooperation. This report summarizing the proceedings of the workshop serves as a knowledge resource for participants, as well as those members of the public that are interested in flood risk management and urban resilience. Flooding is the most common of all natural disasters. Flooding is an Asian phenomenon, as 90 percent of people affected by floods live in Asia. Rapid and unplanned urbanization in the region is a significant contributing factor to flood disaster, as it puts more people and assets in harm's way. With the currently staggering growth of urban areas in many countries, urban flooding is going to be a growing challenge for development and poverty reduction in the coming decades. The cities and flooding guidebook proposes an integrated approach to urban flood risk management. The guidebook targets practitioners and people on the ground dealing with issues related to urban flooding. It offers operational guidance and includes over 50 case studies, how-to sections, and 12 guiding principles that illustrate the state-of- the-art on integrated urban flood risk management.

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