Impacts of droughts and floods in cities: policies and governance

Convenor(s):
Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

The overall objective of the session will be to analyse the impacts of droughts and floods in the resilience of several cities in developed and developing countries from the human, water, land, energy, food, and environment perspectives. In addition, how cities prepare, cope, manage and recover from these increasingly frequent extreme events. The session will include aspects such as preparedness, policy responses, legal and regulatory frameworks, roles of institutions (formal and informal), governance perspectives, economic, social and environmental considerations, infrastructure development, overall investments, and science and technology.

Discussions will focus on the cities and also on the basins and regions from which they get their resources and on which their resilience depends to a significant extent. Topics for discussion will also include the types of capacities that have been developed and how effective they have been? Have there been events that have led to positive transformations? Do strategies vary according to political will? Can there be policy and planning to proactively create, assume and shape change? Are there long-term strategies to mitigate and adapt to socio-economic as well as environmental challenges? What lessons, positive and negative, can be learnt regionally or globally?

Discussions will have intersectoral and multidisciplinary perspectives.

  

Impacts of droughts and floods in cities: policies and governance

Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

National University of Singapore

 

World Water Week, Stockholm

Room FH 307

31 August, 4.00 – 5.30 pm

 

Introduction to the session, Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

 

Panel session 1

Chair: Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

Panelists:

  • Dr. Olli Varis, Aalto University, Finland: “Vulnerability and resilience of cities to floods and droughts: A global perspective”
  • Dr. Kimio Takeya, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan: “JICA’s experiences and lessons learnt on impacts of floods in urban areas in Asia and Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction”
  • Dr. Scott Moore, World Bank: “Flood control and integrated urban flood management in Jiangxi, China: Breaking down siloes in a centralized system”
  • Dr. Nuanchan Singkran, Faculty of Environment and Resource Studies, Mahidol University, Thailand: “Flood overview and flood risk management for the Chao Phraya River Basin, Thailand”

Panel session 2

Chair:  Dr. Aziza Akhmouch, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Panelists:

  • Dr. Marleen van Rijswick, Utrecht Centre for Water, Oceans and Sustainability Law, Utrecht University, The Netherlands: “Dutch cities rain-proof: A governance analysis for the best way forward”
  • Dr. D. Parthasarathy, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay: “Climate change, uncertainty and flooding:  Politics and perspectives in Mumbai”
  • Mr. Ka Leung Lam, University of Queensland, Australia: “Adapting the urban water systems in three Australian regions to droughts”

 

Lessons learnt and looking to the future, Dr. James Horne, Visiting Fellow, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University

Closing statements, Dr. Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore

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The conclusions will be based on the discussions that will take place during the session. They can not be predetermined at this stage.

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