Flooding: Risk Factors, Environmental Impacts and Management Strategies


Moseki Ronald Motsholapheko, PhD (Editor)
Okavango Research Institute (ORI) University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana

Donald Letsholo Kgathi (Editor)
Okavango Research Institute, University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana and Botswana International University of Science and Technology, Palapye, Botswana

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: SCI081000

This book is about flooding, the risk it imposes on human well-being and related activities, and the main approaches used to deal with the impacts. The aim is to derive lessons for flood risk management. The book covers experiences from case studies in the five countries of Argentina, Australia, Botswana, Brazil and Taiwan. It indicates that in most areas around the world, floods disrupt human activities and also poses threats to human well-being whereas in other areas, particularly wetlands around the world, they are viewed as useful for the sustainability of ecosystems and human livelihoods. Due to climate variability and change, floods are expected to increase in frequency and intensity throughout the world.

There is need to evaluate the current structural and non-structural approaches for dealing with flood risk and the impacts on human systems. Decision-making on the adoption of either structural or non-structural approaches to flood risk largely depends on information available and the means to achieve the intended objectives. Understanding the risk posed by flooding requires multidisciplinary assessments on the biophysical, socioeconomic and cultural factors underlying the vulnerability of human systems. The book starts by identifying some methods which may be useful for flood assessments.

Furthermore, it identifies the impacts of flooding and assesses the pros and cons of the related structural and non-structural responses. The challenges observed from the two main approaches are identified and suggestions are made for promoting flood risk management. Suggestions are made for strengthening support for non-structural approaches which are still inadequate in most developing countries, and require improvement in developed countries, given the increasingly complex nature of flood risk posed by extremes in climate variability. (Imprint: Nova)


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Chapter 1 – Flooding, Risk Factors and Responses: An Overview of Concepts (pp. 1-6)
M. R. Motsholapheko and D. L. Kgathi (Okavango Research Institute (ORI) University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 2 – Flood Risk Assessment in Australia: Application of a Holistic Approach (pp. 7-20)
W. L. Caballero, M. M. Haque and A. Rahman (University of Western Sydney, Australia)

Chapter 3 – Causes and Impacts of Floods in the Northeast of the Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina (pp. 21-34)
E. E. Kruse, J. L. Pousa and D. O. Guaraglia (Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET), Argentina and others)

Chapter 4 – Mapping of Areas Vulnerable to Leptospirosis Based on the Analysis of Floods in the São Paulo Metropolitan Area (pp. 35-46)
Andrea Ferraz Young (King´s College London –Department of Geography, Strand, London, UK)

Chapter 5 – Changes and Threats of the Taipei Flood Prevention System (pp. 47-72)
Shang-Shu Shih, Jihn-Sung Lai and Gwo-Wen Hwang (Hydrotech Research Institute, National Taiwan University; Taipei City, Taiwan, ROC)

Chapter 6 – The Influence of Risk Perception and Attitude on the Decisions to Adopt Residential Flood Insurance: Evidence from Queensland, Australia (pp. 73-86)
Alex Y. Lo (Griffith School of Environment, Griffith University, Australia)

Chapter 7 – Habitus: How Cultural Values Shape Local Communities’ Perceptions about Floods in the Okavango Delta of Botswana (pp. 87-108)
O. D. Kolawole (Okavango Research Institute (ORI) University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 8 – Rural Livelihoods and Household Adaptation to Extreme Flooding in the Okavango Delta, Botswana (pp. 109-134)
M. R. Motsholapheko, D. L. Kgathi and C. Vanderpost (Okavango Research Institute (ORI) University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 9 – Factors Influencing Adoption of Flood Risk Information by Residents in Flood Prone Areas of the Okavango Delta, Botswana (pp. 135-152)
O. T. Thakadu, G. Mmopelwa, B. N. Ngwenya, B. Mathanjane, N. Munatsi and W. V. Wanda (Okavango Research Institute (ORI) University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

Chapter 10 – Fish, Floods and Livelihoods in the Boteti River, Botswana (pp. 153-190)
K. Mosepele (Okavango Research Centre, University of Botswana)

Chapter 11 – Towards a Strategy for Flood Risk Management (pp. 191-196)
D. L. Kgathi and M. R. Motsholapheko (Okavango Research Institute (ORI) University of Botswana, Maun, Botswana)

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