Noting the ever-increasing impact of extreme weather events, top United Nations officials, including Secretary-General António Guterres and Miroslav Lajčák, the President of the General Assembly have urged efforts to boost resilience and strengthen damage mitigation measures.
“[This year’s hurricane season] fits a pattern: changes to our climate are making extreme weather events more severe and frequent, pushing communities into a vicious cycle of shock and recovery,” said Mr. Guterres.
Water insecurity costs the global economy roughly US$ 500 billion annually and causes the death and displacement of more people than cyclones, floods and earthquakes combined. In particularly vulnerable economies, a 50% reduction in drought effects could lead to a 20% increase in per capita GDP over a period of 30 years. Therefore, mechanisms to enhance integrated drought management are more critical than ever.
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Hydrology + Meteorology = A discipline contributing to the production, delivery, and the use of weather, water and climate information.
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This document presents case studies that have incorporated environmental (ecological) aspects in flood management. The four case studies focus on:
Trinity River Restoration Program, USA
Channel-widening and open check dam in the Upper Drau River, Austria
Integrated sediment management in the Mimikawa River, Japan
Creating a secondary channel in the Waal River under the Room for River concept, Netherlands