News flash June 2018

FBLN present at CBA Malawi

The Rainwater Harvesting Association of Malawi (RHAM), host of the Flood Based Livelihood Network (FBLN)- Malawi Chapter was honoured to have a market place pitch at the Community Based Adaptation Conference No 12 (CBA 12) in Lilongwe Malawi this month. The FBLN was represented by Macpherson Nthara, who is the Chairman of RHAM and Coordinator of the FBLN-Malawi.

The CBA 12 aims at hearing and sharing local experiences on climate action. Locally-driven action that addresses climate challenges was at t

he center of this year’s conference. The well-established CBA community of practice works on sharing innovation, getting climate finance behind what works and preparing robust narratives to take ‘lived experience’ from evidence to influence. The overarching aim is to achieve inclusive, meaningful community engagement in decision making, in ways that enable opportunities for gender-transformative outcomes. During the market pitch, the FBLN displayed a number of information materials, posters, booklets highlighting the role of flood-based farming syste

ms (FBFS) in enhancing the resilience of communities to climate change.

The Coordinator took time to introduce FBFS, its principles especially focusing on floods as an asset. As an adaptation technology, participants were keen to know whether FBFS enable communities to adapt to climate change and also whether it can be used too lever support and investment.

Through the presentations made during the market pitch, FBLS were showcased as playing an important in community-based adaptation and investors should invest in FBFS due to the different productive activities they support.

Managing flood risk in semi-arid data scarce regions

Globally, incidents of flooding have been on the rise over the last century. In semi-arid regions such as Middle East and North Africa (MENA), the World Bank has predicted an increase in flood vulnerability for the region over the next 20 years. The hydrological characteristics of these areas make them prone to flash floods due to short duration events, small area extent, high flood peaks and rapid flows. Combined with increased urbanisation and exposure these areas are subjected to increased flood risk resulting in loss of life and property. As a consequence, there is the need for increased risk knowledge towards the implementation of resilient strategies. On the 7th of June a webinar was given by Adele Therese Young on managing flood risk in semi-arid data scarce regions. In this webinar, Adele presents an introduction to the concepts of flood risk management and an overview of some suitable strategies applicable to coping with flash floods in semi-arid regions. 


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