Building Resilience in Flood Disaster Management in Northern Peru

Danny Scipión, Yamina Silva, Leon Kapetas, Mike Grace, Wen Zyn Lim, R. Wall, David Proverbs

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    This report provides a detailed account of the Newton Fund Peru Researcher Links Workshop held between 20th and 23rd August 2018 in Piura, Peru, entitled ‘Building Resilience in Flood Disaster Management in Northern Peru’. The report provides some background to the workshop, the aim and objectives, problem definition, as well as an account of the workshop process and key workshop findings and recommendations.

    The workshop was run jointly by Birmingham City University (BCU) in partnership with Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP) and was hosted by the Universidad de Piura (UDEP). The workshop was a response to the severe flooding experienced in Piura during the El Niño event of March 2017 which caused a number of fatalities, damaged over 100,000 homes and destroyed much local infrastructure including around 100 bridges. El Niño is a recurrent event and there is concern that its frequency and intensity may change in the future as a consequence of climate change.
    The four-day workshop adopted a structured facilitation approach to encourage participants to work together towards a common goal. Forty researchers and practitioners from the UK and Perú were challenged with working across disciplines to identify key cross-cutting themes and make recommendations for building resilience to future flood events. The activities included the identification of key themes facilitated by some key expert presentations, a full day of site visits to communities in the Piura and Catacaos area, meeting people who had been affected by the flooding events of 2017; and culminating in the development of key findings and recommendations which were presented on the final day.

    Six key and integrated themes emerged from the workshop activities as: i) Governance; ii) Risk Information; iii) Healthy Communities; iv) Infrastructure; v) Urban and regional planning; and vi) the River System. For each of these themes, the report provides an overview of the problem as well as some detailed suggestions and recommendations for addressing the difficulties and challenges identified. The key messages across these dimensions are:

    Governance: The importance of establishing participative planning in Chira-Piura Basins was identified for building collaboration and enabling integration. This can be done in three steps: (1) problem analysis and prioritization involving stakeholder mapping; (2) defining new governance arrangements that improve integration and communication; and (3) detailed action planning which creates collaborative implementation and monitoring.

    Risk Information: There is a clear need for the adoption of a risk model for the lowland basin of the Río Piura. An ideal risk model is comprised of data on hazard, exposure and vulnerability, with both outputs and inputs designed specifically to meet the needs and requirements of different stakeholders in the basin.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationBirmingham, UK
    PublisherCentre for Applied Finance and Economics (CAFE), Birmingham City Business School, Birmingham City University
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 1 Jan 2019


    • Peru
    • disaster management
    • flood
    • risk
    • Newton Fund
    • British Council


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