UNESCO/IHE - Quick-wins for flood protection of critical urban infrastructure

UNESCO/IHE - Quick-wins for flood protection of critical urban infrastructure

Flood events can have catastrophic impacts on critical urban infrastructures and trigger cascading effects (including extended loss of power, water supply, transport and communication). These cascading effects, such as witnessed following the Asian Tsunami and more recently through super-storm Sandy, can be widespread and long lasting. Much economic damage could be avoided if the most vulnerable critical infrastructures are protected ahead of time.

UNESCO-IHE has developed a rapid screening procedure (Quick Scan) that enables service providers and operators to identify and rate infrastructure networks and hotspot buildings at risk from flooding, and to assess where interventions will be most feasible and costbeneficial. This procedure has demonstrated potential to identify ‘quick wins’, which refer to those interventions that can be taken at relatively low cost and with expected high benefits of avoided secondary impacts.

Locations: Thailand, Netherlands, France
Contact: Berry Gersonius (b.gersonius@unesco-ihe.org)

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