Our framework

Our framework has been developed in collaboration with the partners of three other projects; MARE, SKINT and SAWA which are involved in urban water and land management. Our approach follows common convention and hence closely aligns with the International Standard on risk management,  ISO31000 (2009) , and the National norms and standards that have been devised for the implementation of this standard. Because of this, the framework can be applied with tailoring to many aspects of the management of uncertainty within our urban and rural areas.

Whereas most countries tend to describe how to do flood risk management through the laws and institutional arrangements in place in that country, our approach is to provide a framework which identifies the essential components (topics) of the practice of flood risk management, which are by and large common to all countries. This makes it easy to share knowledge and experience between countries, because the differences in laws and institutional arrangements don't get in the way. We also try to avoid the use of jargon and complex language in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and experience between countries and also between different professional disciplines and with politicians and the public who need to be included rather than being excluded by complex and unfamiliar language.

There is an additional benefit at national scale. When the laws and institutional responsibilities are changed, then a framework based solely on these laws and institutions will have to be redesigned and a new framework developed. This is not very efficient. However, with our approach, the framework can be adapted rather than redesigned.