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Flood Risk Management in the Peoples Republic of China: Learning to Live with Flood Risk

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Climate change is expected to affect the frequency and magnitudes of extreme events such as floods. This report describes a shift in China"s dependence on structural measures to a balanced approach using structural and nonstructural measures. The core of this integrated flood management is flood risk management, which is based on an analysis of flood hazard, exposure to flood hazard and vulnerability of people and property to danger. This is followed by identification, assessment and implementation of appropriate structural and nonstructural measures to manage or reduce flood risks to acceptable levels. Finally, the report proposes initiatives to improve flood management.