Nature-based solutions at any cost? A role play to support decision-making for flood risk management
Investments in nature are increasingly considered as solutions to manage flood risk. Yet understanding when and how nature-based solutions can be effective remains challenging.
To help build capacity around nature-based solutions, WWF has recently published the Flood Green Guide (http://envirodm.org/flood-management) and is developing a new role-playing game designed to give stakeholders a sense of the myriad of factors that flood managers need to consider when selecting flood risk management methods.
The role-play illustrates the key factors that influence decisions related to nature-based solutions, including ecological and technological factors, as well as competing interests from different sector stakeholder groups. The activity includes a hypothetical constraint of time pressure, in the form of an externally funded project, to illustrate the practical realities of flood risk management.
The second part of the event will be dedicated to presenting the open-source role-play material and discussing how it could be adapted to other contexts suggested by participants, e.g. youth education, technical staff, etc.
Organizer: Nanyang Technological University
Partner organizations: Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University, WWF (World Wildlife Fund)