Communities established near rivers and along coastlines have always had to contend with flooding. Yet even the most highly developed parts of the world are still at risk from devastating floods today with flooding occurring from a number of sources, including from surface water and many major coastal cities of the world face a longer term threat of flooding due to rising sea levels.
Failure to manage the risks of flooding and coastal erosion in a sustainable way will lead to continued loss of life and property, extensive damage to economies and ongoing misery for millions of people.
Protecting communities with flood defences, involving them in flood risk management, working with natural processes and building resilience into adaptation strategies are all needed as part of the approach to combat the risks of flooding.
Our work in this area includes flood and coastal erosion risk management, surface water management and urban drainage.
Read our flooding-related policy reports below.