A report and policy brief on Guiding Principles for Incorporating Environmental Justice into Flood Risk Management, on behalf of the United Nations Secretary General’s High-level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disasters (HELP), was released at the High-level Symposium on “Integrated Flood Management in the post-COVID-19 era”, in Tokyo, Japan, on on January 18, 2023. The publication was the product of a HELP Flagship Initiative by the same name, and was led by ICIWaRM, hosted by the Institute for Water Resources of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and DELTARES, Delft, The Netherlands.
The report highlights approaches that engage disadvantaged communities in all phases of the flood risk management process—from water resources planning to flood mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Additionally, an overall picture is provided regarding how water resources engineers, planners, managers, and decision makers—from the working level to the policy level—can extend their efforts to assist communities in need without jeopardizing their other commitments to reducing loss of life and property.
A four-page policy brief is available here.
A pre-publication version of the full report is available here.