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Nepal flood resilience project

The Nepal Flood Resilience Project (NFRP) is part of the Global Flood Resilience Programme (GFRP). This global alliance is an initiative of Zurich Insurance Company/Z Zurich Foundation - shortened to Zurich below. Their committed civil society-private sector partnership is building community flood resilience through its alliance partners. The programme seeks to combine research, community development and risk expertise, with network reach to strengthen capacity and increase resilience of communities so that they can better assess, manage and recover from shocks. The learning and outcomes of the programme will be used to shape and improve global tools for identifying and assessing flood resilience in communities around the world.

The goal of the NFRP is to build resilience of poor and vulnerable communities in Nepal with improvements measured using a resilience measurement framework together with documenting the best practices and lessons learnt. This goal will be achieved by identifying and testing effective approaches towards enhancing community flood resilience, and consequently up scaling these practices by influencing policy and practices at the local, sub-national, national and regional levels.

Practical Action is implementing the project from July 2013 to June 2018 with financial and technical support of Zurich and in close collaboration with alliance partners including the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Centre at the University of Pennsylvania and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Practical Action will work closely with the alliance partners of the Zurich Global Flood Resilience Programme. A resilience measurement framework developed by the alliance will be used to monitor and assess the progress and impacts which will contribute towards strengthening the alliance’s approach for measuring resilience.

The overall objective of the programme is to enhance the resilience of flood vulnerable communities, by building capacity to resist, absorb, respond to and recover from the effects of the flood in a timely and efficient manner. The specific objective is to build resilience of flood vulnerable communities in Nepal, particularly in Karnali River basin and provide technical supports in Koshi River basins to Nepal Red Cross Society.

Practical Action implements Nepal Flood Resilience Project in partnership with Centre for Social Development Research (CSDR) in Karnali River Basin. It will provide technical support to Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) in Koshi River Basin for promoting Flood Early Warning and enhancing livelihood resilience of the vulnerable communities.

Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM), and ministries and departments leading Disaster Risk Management initiatives. Collaboration and coordination with Nepal Risk Reduction Consortium (NRRC) and its flagships will be continued. The project will also work closely with Disaster Management Authorities in states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar of India.

Nepal Flood Resilience Project

An introduction to Practical Action's project that forms part of the Zurich Global Flood Resilience Programme. In English and Nepali.

Urgent Case for Recovery: What can we learn from the August 2014 Karnali River floods in Nepal

As part of Zurich’s flood resilience program, the post event review capability (PERC) provides research and independent reviews of large flood events. It seeks to answer questions related to aspects of flood resilience, flood risk management and catastrophe intervention. It looks at what has worked well (identifying best practice) and opportunities for further improvements. The bigger picture that emerges from the 2014 floods in Nepal can be applied more universally: long-term thinking and addressing chronic problems that increase hazards should be part of the picture to get beyond relief efforts. Much work is still needed to save individuals, families and entire communities from the devastation of floods. This PERC analysis was written by ISET International, ISET-Nepal, Practical Action Nepal and Zurich.

Manual for Mock Flood Response Exercise with Early Warning System (English)

This booklet (in English) gives guidelines about mock flood exercises for flood response based on early warning systems. These guidelines have been prepared based on the experience and learning of carrying out mock flood exercises in communities for almost a decade. Mock exercises enhance the capacity of communities and humanitarian actors alike, thereby reducing the loss of life and property significantly. Practical Action works on flood early warning systesm in collaboration with organizations such as the Nepal Red Cross Society, government bodies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This publication assists actors and facilitators to develop their skills and facilitate such exercises to enhance community resilience. It is necessary to contextualize the steps, process and scenarios based on local hazards, vulnerability, risks and available capacity in terms of tools and equipment. However, the steps and processes mentioned herein will be useful to all actors and facilitators. A Nepali translation version is also available.

Manual for Mock Flood Response Exercise with Early Warning System (Nepali)

This booklet (in Nepali language) gives guidelines about mock flood exercises for flood response based on early warning systems. These guidelines have been prepared based on the experience and learning of carrying out mock flood exercises in communities for almost a decade. Mock exercises enhance the capacity of communities and humanitarian actors alike, thereby reducing the loss of life and property significantly. Practical Action works on flood early warning systesm in collaboration with organizations such as the Nepal Red Cross Society, government bodies, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs). This publication assists actors and facilitators to develop their skills and facilitate such exercises to enhance community resilience. It is necessary to contextualize the steps, process and scenarios based on local hazards, vulnerability, risks and available capacity in terms of tools and equipment. However, the steps and processes mentioned herein will be useful to all actors and facilitators. An English translation version is also available.

Pre-Crisis Market Analysis of Vegetables Market System in Nepal - Informing Disaster Preparedness, Emergency Response and Liveli

Report produced as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance programme, The Pre Crisis Market Assessment (PCMA) report on vegetable market systems. Vegetable are an important commodity that needs to be accessed for livelihoods during floods.

The Rice Market System in Tikapur & Rajapur areas, Nepal

Market systems report conducted as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Programme., Pre-Crisis Market Analysis (PCMA) report on the rice market systems in Kailali and Bardiya Districts, on the Karnali River, Nepal, as part of the Zurich Flood Resilience Programme.

Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance

Practical Action is proud to be a member of the Global Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance, which aims to save the lives and livelihoods of the most poor by preventing floods from becoming disasters. By working with diverse organisations and experts we will magnify our reach and effectiveness and b...

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Farmer field schools build resilence

Twenty-six year old Manju Chaudhari lives in Bangaun village in the flood plains of the Karnali river basin in Nepal with six family members, including her two children. Flash flooding is a reoccuring problem here. The community often only get three hours warning of imminent flooding. In r...

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Blog: Learning from 2014 Karnali river floods in west Nepal

The post event review capability (PERC) provides research and independent reviews of large flood events. It seeks to answer questions related to aspects of flood resilience, flood risk management and catastrophe intervention. It looks at what has worked well (identifying best practices) and opportunities for further improvements.

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