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Urban flooding is a serious and growing development challenge. It is a global phenomenon which causes widespread devastation, economic damages and loss of human lives.

Urban flooding is a serious and growing development challenge. It is a global phenomenon which causes widespread devastation, economic damages and loss of human lives.

The occurrence of floods is the most frequent among all natural disasters globally. In 2010 alone, 178 million people were affected by floods. The total losses in exceptional years such as 1998 and 2010 exceeded $40 billion.

Cities and Flooding:  A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st  Century provides forward-looking operational assistance to policy makers and technical specialists in the rapidly expanding cities and towns of the developing world on how best to manage the risk of floods. It takes a strategic approach, in which appropriate risk management measures are assessed, selected and integrated in a process that both informs and involves the full range of stakeholders.

This website aims to form a platform for practitioners for dialog around the Guide’s themes and key messages. The website summarizes the Guide's Chapters, key recommendations and provides Chapter downloads as well as additional resources related to the content of the Guide.

View under Events upcoming and past activities related to the Guide.

Translations of the Summary for Policy Makers (including case studies) are available in Bahasa, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish

Download the Summary for Policy Makers in Bahasa (PDF, 3.15 MB) 

Download the Summary for Policy Makers  in Spanish (PDF, 3.5 MB)

Download the Summary for Policy Makers in Russian (PDF, 7.01 MB)

Download the Summary for Policy Makers in French (PDF, 4.91 MB)

Download the Summary for Policy Makers in Portuguese (PDF, 2.90 MB)