Flooding vulnerability and coping mechanisms: local responses to a global threat

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Recent scientific outputs suggest that climate change is likely to cause shifts in the global pattern and intensity of flood events, in some regions increasing the exposure of populations to severe flooding. Potential future risks underline the importance of research and intervention work aimed at strengthening local capacity to cope with flooding, especially for the poor in developing countries. This paper reviews recent theoretical and applied research on vulnerability and adaptive capacity of households and communities in flood-prone areas. It traces the growing tendency for interventions to prioritize action at the local scale and suggests directions for further research to deepen understanding of actual and potential coping strategies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-58
Number of pages16
JournalProgress in Development Studies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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