Resilience Building in Flood-Prone Areas: From Flood Protection to Flood Management

  • N. Choudhury
Part of the Springer Water book series (SPWA)


Floods continue to adversely affect the life and livelihoods of the riverine population. This happens despite the public investment that has taken place on flood protection in the last six decades. The discourse around flood protection now needs to be shifted to flood governance through resilience building among the flood-prone riverine population. Resilience building could take place through multiple sets of interventions that would aim at reducing vulnerability, enhancing access to various developmental services and maximizing productivity. An action needs to be undertaken on a mission mode, and a special multisectoral programme, something akin to a Flood-Prone Area Initiative programme, is the need of the hour.


Flood management Flood protection Flood-prone areas Natural hazard 



The author acknowledges the generous support of the Tata Trusts for supporting the field research for this study. The author would also like to thank the Centre for Microfinance and Livelihoods, Guwahati, Assam, and Deshbandhu Club, Cachar, Assam, for facilitating the field research.


  1. Bhalerao AK, Kumar B, Singha AK, Jat PC, Bordoloi R, Deka BC (2015) Cachar district inventory of Agriculture. ICAR-Agricultural Technology Application Research Institute, Umiam, Meghalaya, IndiaGoogle Scholar
  2. Cutter SL, Barnes L, Berry M, Burton C, Evans E, Tate E, Webb J (2008) A place-based model for understanding community resilience to natural disasters. Glob Environ Chang 18:598–606CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Central Water Commission (2013a) Financial aspects of flood control. Anti-Sea Erosion and Drainage Projects. Financial Performance Unit, Information System Organization, Central Water CommissionGoogle Scholar
  4. Central Water Commission (2013b) Water and related statistics. Water Resource Information System Directorate Water Planning and Project Wing, Central Water CommissionGoogle Scholar
  5. Creswell JW (2009) Research design qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Sage, Los Angeles/London/New Delhi/SingaporeGoogle Scholar
  6. Govt of India (2011) Report of working group on flood management and region specific issues for XII plan. Planning Commission, New DelhiGoogle Scholar
  7. Govt of India (1981) Report on development of chronically flood affected areas. National Committee on the Development of Backward Areas, Planning Commission, New DelhiGoogle Scholar
  8. Hamid A (2018) Mising weavers intertwine technology with traditional skills, Village Square. Available at:
  9. Jodha NS, Singh NP, Bantilan MCS (2012) Enhancing farmers’ adaptation to climate change in arid and semi-arid agriculture of India: evidences from indigenous practices. Working Paper Series no. 32. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, Andhra Pradesh, India, p 28Google Scholar
  10. Ostrom V, Ostrom E (2012) Public goods and public choices. Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, Indiana University. Available at:
  11. Phansalkar S, Choudhury N, Sabri TA, Kher V, Hazarika M (2016) Development profile in flood prone areas. Tata Trusts: Bombay House, MumbaiGoogle Scholar
  12. Planning Commission, Government of India (2013) Twelfth five year plan. Sage Publications India, New DelhiGoogle Scholar
  13. Shah M (2013) Water: towards a paradigm shift in the twelfth plan. Econ Polit Wkly 48(3):40–52Google Scholar
  14. Tierney K, Bruneau M (2007) Conceptualizing and Measuring Resilience A Key to Disaster Loss Reduction. TR NEWS 250 MAY–JUN, 14–17.
  15. World Meteorological Organization (2017) Selecting measures and designing strategies for integrated flood management: a guidance document. WMO, Geneva. Available at:

Copyright information

© Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  • N. Choudhury
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Habitat StudiesTata Institute of Social SciencesMumbaiIndia

Personalised recommendations