Extract of the foreword to Integrated Flood Management: Concept Paper, elaborated by the Associated Program on Flood Management (APFM), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Water Partnership
Ever since the first publication of the Integrated Flood Management (IFM) Concept Paper in 2003, it has been the baseline reference document outlining IFM as a viable development policy option. Since IFM is essentially a dynamic notion, the perception presented in this third revised edition also includes a number of emerging issues, such as risk management, urban floods, climate variability and change, and adaptive management. Throughthis new edition, WMO hopes that the concept paper will continue to play a key outreach role to flood managers, policymakers and development planners, as well as to those responsible for formulating flood management strategies and policies.
The draft for this revised concept paper was prepared by the Associated Programme on Flood Management (APFM) Technical Support Unit, and it was subsequently reviewed by leading experts in the field of flood management and endorsed by the APFM Management Committee in June 2009.