Associated Programme of Flood Management (APFM)

The Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) is a joint initiative of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership (GWP). It promotes the concept of Integrated Flood Management (IFM). The programme has been financially supported by the governments of Japan, the Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. The APFM is being developed as a series of regional nodes, starting with Central Europe, South America, Central America, Southern Africa and South Asia.

The Programme aims to combine IWRM thinking into flood management practices and vice versa. It is designed to assist regional flood management networks by providing access to synthesized knowledge and best practices, capacity building, advice on management approaches, and exchange of cross-regional experiences.

The APFM HelpDesk

The HelpDesk for Integrated Flood Management (IFM) is a facility that provides guidance on flood management policy, strategy, and institutional development related to flood issues for countries that want to adopt the Integrated Flood Management concept in close partnership and tailored to the needs of the particular partner. It aims to help practitioners in the implementation of the IFM approach.

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Integrated Flood Management Concept Paper

The peer reviewed paper explains and illustrates the concept of integrated flood management. It is constantly updated to provide an authoritative overview of the concept.

Flood Management Policy Series

A set of  papers focusing on specific aspects of IFM, such as social, economic, environmental and legal and institutional aspects are being compiled to facilitate the implementation of IFM principles into the development planning practice of river basins. These papers aim at initiating the policy makers and flood managers into giving considerations for the issues other than the engineering in the integrated flood management as complementary options.

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Case Studies

A number of case studies on flood management were, and are being, collected from various regions of the world, based on the experiences of organizations active in flood management. The main objectives in collecting these case studies are to:

  • Identify the extent to which flood management has been carried out within the context of IWRM;
  • Understand shortcoming in current flood management practices worldwide;
  • Extract lessons learned and good practices in Flood Management;
  • Catalogue the policy changes required to support IFM; and
  • Identify the institutional changes required to achieve IFM.

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Tools for Integrated Flood Management

The Flood Management Tool Series constitutes guidance material for flood management practitioners for various specific purposes intended to help gain quick access to relevant technical guidance.  The Tools seek to incorporate various aspects within the framework of an integrated approach to flood management.

The compilation of the tools is an ongoing process and as such these tools should be considered as living documents being updated periodically.

Training Manuals

A compilation of training material on flood management aspects, employing the integrated flood management approach.