The Residual Risk of Extreme Floods: A Challenge for Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Summary and Objectives:

The aim of the project is to create an international network of experts and a community of practice that address the residual risk dilemma in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this initial pilot stage, the emphasis is put on: SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities, SDG13 Climate action, SDG17 Partnership for the goals. The project aims to address the following questions: How do our societies manage the low-probability, high consequence events? How do we communicate the residual flood risk to the public? And, most importantly, by addressing these issues, how may we foster the achievement of the SDGs by 2030? The project innovates by creating a network focusing on the interplay between SDGs and residual risk and its management, a topic largely ignored in practice globally. A framework to integrate residual risk in local planning efforts will be collaboratively designed. Furthermore, a platform to facilitate advances in basic knowledge and tools in support of SDGs centered residual flood risk issues will be created with the objective to identify research needs on multiple SDGs that can benefit other countries worldwide.

Project information

Project Type: BELMONT FORUM Project; Pathways 2020

(Topic 1: Development of networks and communities of practice that address the inter-linkages, synergies, and trade-offs among three or more of the sustainable development goals)

Core Partners:

  • TUHH, Germany
  • University of California Berkeley, United States
  • National Cheng Kung University, Chinese Taipei
  • University of Versailles St-Quentin, France

German Funding Agency: DFG


Starting date: 2021-04-01    Ending date: 2023-03-31
Total budget: EUR 255.000
German budget: EUR 96.000
Coordinator:  Center for Catastrophic Risk Management, University of California at Berkeley
Contact: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Fröhle
Dr.-Ing. Natasa Manojlovic
Project links:Belmont Forum Website