April 12, 2016 Climate change

Delivering Risk Managment Strategies for Coastal Communities

Call for reviewers for PEARL knowledge base on resilience strategies

Rapid urbanisation in coastal areas, combined with climate change and poor governance, can lead to a significant increase in the risk of local pluvial flooding. Considering also high water levels in rivers and high tide or storm surges from the sea, there can be a greater risk of devastation in coastal communities.

There is a growing need to improve forecasting, prediction and early warning capabilities using state of art science and technology to help policy makers, urban planners and emergency services to develop robust risk reduction strategies.

To tackle this challenge, the Preparing for Extreme And Rare events in coastaL regions – PEARL project funded by the European Union is assisting the development of adaptive risk management strategies for coastal communities, taking a multidisciplinary approach integrating social, environmental and technical research and innovation.

As part of this project, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) with the input of International Water Association (IWA) and partners have been developing the PEARL knowledge base for measures and tools supporting selection of resilience strategies against extreme hydro-meteorological events in coastal regions, which is a collection of best practices and case studies on resilient measures.

We need your expertise to enrich the existing catalogue by assessing and contributing towards the collection of measures and case studies which outline and demonstrate climate resilient strategies. This is an opportunity to collaborate with leading experts, share knowledge and learn from past experiences to improve the resilience of coastal regions worldwide. Join the PEARL Review Group!

If you are interested in being part of the Review Group, please contact:

Camille Fong: Camille.Fong@iwahq.org or Larissa Arashiro: Larissa.Arashiro@iwahq.org

To find out more about PEARL knowledge base, please visit: http://pearl-kb.hydro.ntua.gr/