Side Event

Urban Sustainability: How Can Cities Tackle Floods?

On 22 March, UNU-MERIT will co-organise a World Water Day event to discuss the drivers of urban flooding and how to build resilience.

- Europe/Amsterdam
UNU-MERIT Room 0.18, Boschstraat 24, 6211 AX Maastricht, Netherlands and Online

On 22 March 2023 at 12:30 (CET), the UNU Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT) and Friend In Need India Trust will co-organise the World Water Day event “Urban Sustainability: How Can Cities Tackle Floods?”.

Floods inflict high socio-economic costs on communities and individuals. In the past two decades, floods have affected over two billion people worldwide. There is extensive ongoing work by scholars, practitioners, and policymakers on how increased flooding risks can be handled. However, every city is distinct and there are many ways to address urban flooding. Presently, our recognition of the dangers is still not matched by a clear understanding of the possible pathways to develop urban flooding resilience.

This event is intended to facilitate a conversation between planners, youth, scholars, and citizens to gain a better understanding of the drivers of urban flooding and the changes we need to bring about to build resilience. The event will be an interactive live learning experience, involving an online discussion with quizzes.

The event aims to shed light on questions such as:

  • What is happening in cities today?
  • How are threats perceived and measured? How is resilience measured?
  • What are the roles of policy, technology, innovation, new infrastructure and community engagement in developing resilience?
  • How are resilience-building strategies different in emerging countries like India, Bangladesh and Ghana compared to high-income regions such as Europe?
  • How do planners integrate the Sendai Framework indicators of SDG 11 in national plans?
  • How can social scientists contribute to increasing flood resilience capabilities?


Register to receive a Zoom link for the online event at:

Register to get details about the on-site event in Maastricht at:

For more information and programme updates, visit the UNU-MERIT website.

Related content


Supporting the Recovery of Noto Peninsula: Building Back Better

TOKYO & ONLINE: Bringing together regional and government stakeholders, this event will discuss sustainable and resilient recovery from the 2024 Noto Earthquake.