Flood and Drought Management Tools

About the project

The Flood & Drought Management Tools project responds to a need for improved capacity of managers operating in transboundary river basins to recognise and address the implications of changing climatic scenarios and land-use on water resource management

Timeframe: 2014-2018 

The project is developing a methodology for basin organisations and local users (specifically water utilities), which uses tools that allow the integration of information on climate variability and change, including floods and droughts, into planning across scales: Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) planning, Water Safety Planning (WSP) and Transboundary Diagnostic Analyses (TDA) and Strategic Action Plans (SAP).

The outcome will enable stakeholders at the transboundary and national basin to local levels, to compile information, from models, indicators and existing planning approaches, so as to develop future planning scenarios that are robust, resilient and pragmatic.

Stakeholder consultations and action learning through training has gathered data, identified gaps in informed decision-making, and propose types of information that would be useful to guide both short-term (operational) and long-term (strategic) planning. These inputs are being used in the development of the methodology and tools, which are being tested and validated in three pilot basins, Chao Phraya Basin, Lake Victoria Basin and Volta Basin.

The project also benefits from collaboration with water management authorities in learning basins (Nile Basin and Danube Basin) and through ongoing work with strategic partners (e.g. WHO) to gather knowledge and experiences for the development of the methodology and tools.