Flood Management: Why it Matters for Development and Adaptation Policy

Our species has always lived with floods. But they remain poorly understood and managed. Floods are part of a natural cycle that can never be fully controlled. Yet, traditional terminology and prevailing attitudes remain focused on a futile and often counter-productive mandate for “flood control”. As Joachim Saalmueller explains, it is time to move towards an integrated approach to flood management to save lives, increase resilience, and take advantage of the benefits to be gained in the floodplain.

Published in Water Front Magazine No. 3-4 2009.