APFM Flood Management Tools Series
Purpose of the tool series
The APFM Flood Management Tool Series provides guidance material for flood management practitioners for various purposes. It is intended to gain quick access to relevant technical guidance. The Tools encourage an integrated approach to flood management.
Professionals, experts, planners, decision-makers in flood management.
Tool series description
Living harmoniously with floods is an important strategic option in integrated flood management. With this aim the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) was started in 2001. The mission of the APFM is to support countries in the management of floods within the overall framework of integrated water resources management. Integrated flood management is based on the proactive strategy of flood risk management through a three-pronged reduction of risks by reducing flood magnitudes, people's vulnerability and exposure of the economic activities. It also involves addressing issues at all three phases of the risk management cycle: preparedness, response, and recovery and reconditioning. APFM is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership.
Tools developed in this series by APFM are:
- Flood Mapping
- Flood Forecasting and Early Flood Warning
- Transboundary Flood Management
- Coastal and Delta Flood Management
- Management of Flash Floods
- Flood proofing
- Urban Flood Management in a Changing Climate
- Conservation and Restoration of Rivers and Floodplains
- Management of Sediment-Related Risks
- Flood Emergency Planning
- Integrated Flood Management as an Adaptation Tool for Climate Change: Case Studies
- Flood Management in a Changing Climate
- Risk Sharing in Flood Management
- The Role of Land Use Planning in Flood Management
- Urban Flood Risk Management
- Reservoir Operations and Managed Flows
- Organizing Community Participation for Flood Management
- Applying Environmental Assessment for Flood Management
- Conducting Flood Loss Assessments
- Formulating a Basin Flood Management Plan
The tools in practice
Next to the Tools Series, APFM provides a number of case studies on flood management from Africa, Asia, Europe, North and Latin America, and the Pacific. The case studies can be downloaded here.
Necessary input and conditions
Realisation of these tools requires knowledge of ecological processes and locations with suitable conditions for implementation.
The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). It promotes the concept of Integrated Flood Management (IFM) as a new approach to flood management. The programme is financially supported by the governments of Japan, Switzerland and Germany.
Spatial scale and time scale
Developing Integrated Flood Management plans requires 4-6 years
The spatial scale can be local to the river basin.
All tools are available here.