Urban Floods Community of Practice (UFCOP)

Welcome to the Urban Floods Community of Practice

This site provides a collaborative space to share knowledge and discuss solutions for managing flood risks in ways that make cities around the world safer and more resilient. The community is open to practitioners and policy makers working on disaster risk management, urban development, and water resources management, subject-matter experts, and others seeking to increase their technical and operational knowledge; share resources, experiences, and solutions; develop professionally; and enhance collective knowledge on integrated urban flood risk management.

Please take a few moments to share your views and suggestions about the type of information, activities, and areas related to integrated urban flood risk management that you would find of most interest, would like to learn more about, or would like to share through this community of practice through a short 5-question survey. The survey results will help us better tailor the planned UFCOP agenda to your interests and needs.



"Flood risk in dry Ulaanbaatar of Mongolia? Really? Really" (By Artessa Saldivar-Sali)

After growing up in Manila, one of the densest and most cyclone-prone cities in the world, I expected my first visit to Mongolia to be filled with vast plains and blue skies. The plains and skies did not disappoint – but I quickly learned that Ulaanbaatar, the country’s capital, is a city that is rapidly becoming like many other cities where I have lived and worked.

There is the unmistakable buzz of a place that is growing, and growing fast. People move to Ulaanbaatar from the countryside for the opportunities that open up to them, with the city now home to nearly half the country’s population. It is becoming more cosmopolitan every time I go – there is even a Cuban restaurant with a Cuban chef. And, like many other cities in Asia, Ulaanbaatar has floods.

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The Philippines is a country prone to natural disasters. To reduce the impact of natural disasters, the Department of the Interior and Local Government launched a program to support local governments located along major river basins, including thefollowing components:

- Community mapping harnesses local knowledge to create accurate maps of what matters most to communities and local governments, including schools, roads, markets, and evacuation centers.

- Preparing for disasters also benefits from collaborations with technical experts.

- Developing WebSAFE and InaSAFE online tools for desk-top computers have been used to develop hazard maps that produce real impact scenarios for planning and preparedness.

- Generating maps with communities has already proven to be crucial for their usefulness in planning and prevention exercises.

These experiences exemplify how harnessing knowledge that is already in the hands of communities is inclusive and sustainable. When combined with hazard maps, data from participatory mapping provides local governments with an effective solution to prepare for and mitigate disaster impacts.


An interview was conducted with Ahbas Jha, Practice Manager at the World Bank.

In this interview he talked about:

  • Urban flooding is a serious problem many major cities around the world are facing.
  • Addressing this problem requires collaboration between different stakeholders and institutions.
  • The World Bank plays a convening role, and puts relevant knowledge into operations.
  • The Urban Floods Community of Practice (UFCOP) wants to attract ideas from outside the World Bank which is one purpose of the community.


Summary of Development Dialogue on Urban Flood
Risk Management (Feb. 9-Feb. 23, 2015)

A first Development Dialogue dedicated to the Integrated Flood Risk Management in urban areas concluded earlier this week. Internal and external contributors joint a two-week online discussion aimed at knowledge exchange and developed by the Urban Floods Community of Practice (UFCOP), and co-sponsored by GPSURR, GP Water, the GFDRR, and the Tokyo DRM Hub. The Development Dialogues serve as a forum for discussion hosted by the World Bank’s Striking Poverty platform (accessible via the Bank’s external website), and are intended to engage a broad range of stakeholders to share knowledge, crowd-source cross-cutting solutions or foster dissemination of new tools to address key development challenges.

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Online Discussion: