From Hurricane Harvey to Typhoon Damrey, this season’s extreme weather events have made it clear that too much water can be as deadly as too little. Flooded streets, destroyed villages, unsafe water: as these and other impacts of extreme weather increase, how can we help already vulnerable communities prepare for the next wave? And how can we respond better, in light of the lasting and cumulative damage floods can inflict?
In this second part of its “Sustainable Water, Resilient Communities” series, co-hosted with Winrock International and the Wilson Center, the USAID-funded Sustainable Water Partnership (SWP) will present “The Challenge of Too Much Water” on December 5. Moderated by the Wilson Center’s Roger-Mark De Souza, a panel of experts from NGOs and government agencies will share their experiences managing floods and mitigating their impacts, including storm surges, infectious disease outbreaks, and pollution, as well as offer suggestions for using legal frameworks to prevent and respond to catastrophic disasters.
Anita Van Breda, Senior Director, Environment and Disaster Management, World Wildlife Fund
Alexandra Campbell-Ferrari, Executive Director, Center for Water Security and Cooperation
George Hawkins, CEO and General Manager, D.C. Water and Sewer Authority
Melissa Opryszko, Senior WASH Sector Advisor, Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, USAID
Eric Viala, Director, Sustainable Water Partnership, Winrock International
Feature photo: Mars Global’s Kevin Rabinovitch speaks on the panel of September’s Wilson Center event. Photo courtesy of the Wilson Center/Saiyara Khan.