What is it about?

This article is about using a systems thinking approach to manage flood disasters in a way that promotes sustainable development. It emphasizes the importance of involving different stakeholders and institutions in planning and implementing effective flood management strategies, and highlights the need to address the social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to flood vulnerability.

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Why is it important?

This work is important because it provides a new approach to managing flood disasters that take into account the complex and interconnected factors that contribute to flood vulnerability. By using a systems thinking approach, different stakeholders and institutions can work together to develop more effective and sustainable flood management strategies. This can lead to better preparedness, faster response times, and reduced damage and loss of life during flood disasters. Ultimately, this work can make a difference in reducing the impact of flood disasters on communities and promoting sustainable development.


This work represents an important step forward in the field of disaster risk reduction and management. By emphasizing the importance of systems thinking and stakeholder involvement, it provides a more holistic and sustainable approach to managing flood disasters. This approach recognizes that flood disasters are not just natural events, but are also influenced by social, economic, and environmental factors. By addressing these factors, this work has the potential to make a real difference in reducing the impact of flood disasters on vulnerable communities. It also highlights the importance of international collaboration and knowledge sharing in addressing global challenges such as flood disasters.

Dr Osama Sohaib
American University of Ras Al Khaimah

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This page is a summary of: Applying systems thinking to flood disaster management for a sustainable development, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, May 2019, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101101.
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