Global Challenges Academy

Building Resilience to Multi-source Flooding

Building Resilience to Multi-source Flooding

  • Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Partnered with: Institute of Water Modelling; CEGIS; An Giang Province People's Committee; Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh, Australian National University
  • Region: South Asia, Vietnam, Bangladesh

Floods repeatedly affect millions of people that live in Southeast and South Asian countries. They are caused by common extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall, typhoons and tropical storms. There is an urgent need to develop and implement effective risk communication and management strategies to prepare local communities for future floods.

How we are meeting this challenge

  • Create a step change in building community resilience to flooding from multiple sources.
  • Establish an extensive researcher-stakeholder partnership to develop effective approaches to co-produce/share knowledge, communicate and manage risk, and enhance community resilience to flooding.
  • Identify the major challenges in developing community resilience and develop a preliminary approach to measuring community flood resilience.
  • Investigate and understand the historical and cultural implications for contemporary resilience building and impacts on socioeconomic development.

Who will benefit

Research led by Professor Qiuhua Liang advanced community-based disaster risk management by providing a cost-effective means to improve the awareness of communities about risks. The work also helped them access collective resources and knowledge, develop community-based preparedness and adaption/mitigation programmes. 

The project focused on researching new ways to connect community knowledge with advances in science and technology (eg remote-sensing, innovative natural and human systems modelling technologies, citizen science) to increase community resilience to multi-source flooding in Southeast and South Asia

The project had the following aims:

  • provide a sustainable community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) framework to increase local resilience, and to engage the public effectively in exploring issues for ownership, individual values, and preparedness
  • engage policymakers in Flood Management in Vietnam and Bangladesh, producing policy relevant outputs
  • work directly with the local/regional government in the pilot study site to demonstrate practical ways to improve CBDRM for reducing socio-economic impacts of flood hazards
  • develop citizens' skills in monitoring/understanding risk through the use of citizen science approaches

Researchers at Newcastle University worked with at risk communities in An Giang, Vietnam as well as local and national stakeholders in flood risk management in other South and Southeast Asian countries. The project provided Vietnamese and Bangladeshi communities, professionals and academics with access to scientific outcomes from the project.

Project team

  • Professor Qiuhua Liang, Newcastle University
  • Dr Cat Button, Newcastle University
  • Professor Chris Kilsby, Newcastle University
  • Dr Van Kien Nguyen, Australian National University
  • Professor Zhenhong Li, Newcastle University
  • Dr Mohammed Ali, Newcastle University
  • Dr M. Shah Alam Khan (Institute of Water and Flood Management)
  • Professor Philip Moore
  • Philip James, Newcastle University
  • Dr Greg O’Donnell, Newcastle University
  • An Giang Province People's Committee
  • Government of Bangladesh, Bangladesh

Let's work together

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