From the dawn of civilisation, society has been affected by
floods. Communities established near rivers and along the coast
have been particularly affected. As civilisation has developed, it
has adapted to flooding, making buildings resistant to flooding and
protecting communities with flood defences. Yet even the most
highly developed parts of the world are still at risk from
devastating floods today.
Projections relating to climate change indicate that extreme
weather and sea level rise are likely to increase the risk of
flooding. CIWEM is working to improve ways in which flood waters
are managed so that they better link in with the water cycle.
CIWEM's work on Flooding
CIWEM's work on flooding issues is coordinated through
the Rivers and Coastal
Group and UDG (CIWEM's Urban Drainage Group). CIWEM
also produces the Journal of Flood Risk Management.
Policy Position Statements