Climate Risk and Resilience
Jul 7, 2020

Beijing: Response to Urban Flood Disasters under Climate Change

Since 2012, Beijing has taken enormous steps to strengthen and expand its urban flood control systems in an environmentally sustainable manner. CRR’s case study demonstrates that the Beijing experience can serve as an example of wise flood management in a rapidly growing and developing area. The city has developed a holistic early warning system; besides, the comprehensive overhaul of rainwater pumping stations, collection systems, drainage systems, and water storage tanks has created a drastic expansion in pumping capacity to ease flood events. With targeted and prudent investment, flood-prone regions can adapt to the age of climate change.

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Climate Risk and Resilience

Project country
China

The CRR project aims to enhance climate resilience of China’s urban centers and their rural surroundings in order to reduce human and economic losses. The project will empower local pilot cities with an ICRM approach to identify climate hazards, exposures, and vulnerabilities. Based on the risk analysis, the Chinese government can analyze occurrence probability, frequency, and severity due to climate change; localize asset geographic locations and values; and quantify the economic losses. Incorporating comprehensive socioeconomic impacts, local governments are enabled to apply climate adaptive, risk-informed measures to protect assets, businesses, and individuals.