US Army Corps of Engineers Releases International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features for Flood Risk Management

The International Guidelines on Natural and Nature-Based Features (NNBF) for Flood Risk Management will be released at a virtual international launch event on Thursday, September 16 at 11 AM EDT. The new guidelines will inform strategies to reduce flood risk and improve the resilience of coastal and inland water systems. The keynote address at the…

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Flood Green Guide Virtual Training for Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan

There is growing opportunity and demand for government decision-makers, water managers, and humanitarian and environmental NGOs to include natural and nature-based methods as a component of flood risk management projects. World Wildlife Fund is offering a virtual training opportunity to learn about natural and nature-based flood management and risk reduction. The course will focus on…

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Disaster management: What does the environment have to do with it?

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Climate change is increasing the frequency, scale and impact of disasters. Countries with the most economically deprived and vulnerable communities are most affected by climate-related disaster — and yet receive only a fraction of the funding they need to prepare for extreme weather events and adapt to long-term climate change. Much can be done to…

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Addressing Flood Risk in Chiang Mai

A summer conference allowed attendees to collaborate on ways to mitigate flood risk in Chiang Mai, a flood-prone town in northern Thailand. WWF presented a weeklong workshop where participants learned about nature-based flood management methods highlighted in the Environment and Disaster Management program’s Flood Green Guide. Click the link below to read the full report.

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U.N. Releases Water Management Guide

Experts estimate that the global average annual loss from disasters will nearly double in the coming years, reaching US $414 billion by 2030. With a growing need to address these disasters, which often limit communities’ access to water, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe and U.N. Office for Disaster Risk Reduction released a guide…

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Researchers Apply Flood Green Guide Principles in Tajikistan

WWF and the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance published Natural and Nature-Based Flood Management: A Green Guide (the Flood Green Guide, or FGG) in 2017 as a resource for flood managers. Using the FGG, managers can broaden and strengthen flood risk reduction approaches with local community partners by incorporating nature-based, or “soft,” engineering methods into…

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The Flood Green Guide Podcast Series: Episode 3

From the Netherlands to China to California, people around the world are working with nature to manage flood risk. But as multiple risk factors such as sea level rise, urban development and a changing climate continue to alter landscapes, standards for effective flood management are also changing. Including nature-based methods in flood management portfolios will…

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Practical Action Offers Guidance for Flood Management in Latin America

Flooding has affected Latin American countries for centuries. But with increased flood damage in recent years and changing weather patterns that make for an uncertain future, several nonprofits have teamed up to explore how natural and nature-based methods might play a larger part in the region’s flood management plans. In late 2017, Practical Action, an…

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