Building flood resilience

Zurich flood resilience project in Peru

Peru faces a range of natural hazards each year and the presence of the El Niño Phenomenon creates unique flood related challenges. To tackle these hazards the government of Peru introduced a new law in 2011, which outlines new responsibilities for local government to deliver on risk reduction (DRR). This new law has mobilised the political will to invest in DRR activities,but they lack the capacity and skills to implement and innovate.

To address this Practical Action is:

  • Supporting the strengthening of policy and the guidelines for implementation, especially to cover El Nino conditions and the El Nino vulnerable population.  El Nino events typically result in costs amounting to 12% of GDP and thus are a major limitation on domestic growth.
  • Work with communities to help improve their flood resilience and raise their voice in the municipal decision making process. Many infrastructure initiatives are planned to control the river, these will have a huge impact on the many poor communities along the river.
  • Improve Early Warning Systems and ensure that they reflect the technical and communication needs of affected communities and the policy support to integrate them effectively.
  • Research the relationship between rains, flooding and food prices. Every year in the rainy season, food price rises in the city due to access to food being reduced and food storage losses. Practical Action proposes to research this complex scenario and work with municipal government to explore alternative access roads to mitigate price rises due to loss of access, this will  require a revision of the infrastructure planning approach to make transportation more resilient to flooding.  

Read about the aftermath of flooding and landslides at Chosica in March 2015

More information on the Zurich flood alliance programme



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