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Flood Resilience Programme

The problem

Floods affect more people globally than any other type of natural hazard. They cause some of the largest economic, social and humanitarian losses, involving on average some 250 million people each year.

The poorest communities suffer most as repeated disasters undermine their potential to develop and trap them in a poverty cycle. Flood risk is increasing due to due to growing populations, erratic rainfall patterns and unsustainable land use practices. Building resilience allows vulnerable populations to continue to thrive even during a disaster.

This project focuses on building resilience of vulnerable populations in Nepal, Bangladesh and Peru. We work with vulnerable populations to increase their understanding of risk, building flood resilient infrastructure, developing early warning systems and strengthening local capacity for food response. 

What we’re doing to help

Objective:  Building the resilience of vulnerable populations to floods

Zurich flood resilience programme

Location:  Karnali river basin in Nepal, Siragjanj in Bangladesh and the Rimac river basin and Piura river basin in Peru
Number of beneficiaries: 100,000
Project date: June 2013 - June 2018
Partners: International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center 

Principal funders: Zurich Insurance Group, the Z Zurich Foundation
Funding: £7,230,000

The project has the following objectives:

  • Increasing community awareness and knowledge on flood risk
  • Developing early warning systems that reach isolated communities
  • Supporting the building of flood resilient infrastructure such as safe houses and flood resistant wells.
  • Training in diversified livelihoods so incomes can be maintained
  • Strengthening national and sub-national government capacity for flood response

Practical Action works as part of a wider alliance comprising of the Zurich insurance group, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent societies and research partners International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center (Wharton) in the United States.

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