Session 3.5: Implementing flood-resilience on the local scale – when natural science and water engineering meets property rights
Flooding is among the most expensive natural disasters. As traditional flood protection measures can only protect up to a certain threshold, the need for a resilience approach is generally accepted in academia and practice. Flood-resilient cities reduce the vulnerability of cities against floods while maintaining the basic functions of urban areas. Making cities flood-resilient is thus an urgent challenge to sustainable urban living. However, implementing resilience is still in its infancy. Resilience challenges presumptions of traditional flood risk management in many way, as it embraces the concept of accommodating in place of
defending water, but mainly, resilience needs to be implemented on land that is usually not under the governance regime of water managers. This is where natural science and water engineering meets property rights.
This special session will address the specific challenges of implementing concepts of resilience on the local scale. Therefore, experts from different disciplines are invited to engage into a dialogue with policymakers and practitioners in order to explore the constraints and potentials for implementing floodresilience