Flood Protection

Floods and other natural disasters have a significant impact on the economy and often disproportionately affect disadvantage communities or the poor. Every year, floods and overflowing rivers cause substantial damage in many Latin American and Caribbean countries. These episodes occur relatively often, and although floods cannot be avoided, their effects can be mitigated in part by infrastructure, improved planning and contingency measures, for example, land use planning, construction of flood control infrastructure and the use of technology focused on forecast and early warning. Sustainable flood protection measures take into account both the environment and society. For example, there are green measures that integrate with the landscape, basin management plans and civil protection measures, among others, that require the involvement of all the groups involved. These measures must be sustainable at a social, economic and environmental level.