Floods pose a threat to human life, critical infrastructure and economic operations, especially in complex, high-density, urban environments.

A simple approach to making urban areas resilient is to consider a four-phase approach to Flood Resilience starting with Prevention, Preparation, Response and Recovery. Our Flood Resilience Circle depicts the three steps in each phase.

Our flood resilient solutions cover the whole spectrum from adaptation to prevention: from early warning systems using smart, interactive tools and analyses, to flood protection schemes to protect valuable assets. From assessment through to solution we draw on a network of deep ‘smarts’ specialised in an understanding of the physics, social environment and stakeholders involved, translating this into the real world with an eye on commercial and economic growth.


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The 2018 focus for the UN IDDR is on the ‘The substantial reduction of economic losses caused by disasters’, the third target of the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.

Royal HaskoningDHV is a partner in UNISDR who organise the international discussion on ‘Reduction of economic losses caused by disasters’ on 15 October 2018. The event aims to raise awareness of the need to substantially reduce the economic losses caused by disasters. It will spotlight ongoing efforts to integrate disaster and climate risks into development, trade and financial systems. It is co-organized by UNCTAD, UNISDR, IDDR.