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International Partnerships Elevate the Role of Floodplain Managers
Monday, December 10, 2018


Written by Phetmano Phannavong, P.E., CFM, DC NFIP Coordinator and Floodplain Manager, Member of ASFPMs International Committee

I am often asked what other countries do toward flood risk management that we in the United States have not done already. Since the U.S. is very large and has such geographic diversity, it may be difficult to compare and apply the same approach in managing flood risks as is used in other countries. But many benefits to be gained from partnerships with our counterparts around the world include learning innovative ideas in policies and projects on the ground and having a forum that helps elevate our flood risk management role.

This October I had the opportunity to join 10 global delta cities at the Connecting Delta Cities network workshop in Venice, Italy. I represented Washington, D.C. at the workshop, hosted by the city of Venice and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. C40 is an international organization focused on tackling climate change and driving urban actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks. Connecting Delta Cities is a C40 network, which I became a member of in 2016, which seeks to adopt urban water management and climate change adaptation best practices, particularly on coastal flooding, through knowledge exchange and collaborations. 

Read the full international collaboration story here.






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