Parallel Session 8:
Interlinkages between Flood & Sediment Disaster Resilience and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Approaches

Concept note:

Floods and sediment disasters, which have become increasingly severe and frequent around the world, are a critical impediment to the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by UN countries in 2015 to be achieved in 2030.

From the SDGs perspective, this session aims to discuss and share the recognition that flood and sediment disaster countermeasures contribute to the achievement of the SDGs with multipurpose and cross-cutting benefits and that the effects of those countermeasures will increase synergistically through collaboration with other projects and initiatives, including infection control measures for COVID-19. The session also aims to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs by discussing and sharing interdisciplinary knowledge, new research areas, and initiatives, as well as social frameworks for promoting and supporting such initiatives, which are all necessary to promote cooperation between flood and sediment disaster countermeasures and other fields more effectively and efficiently.

Session topics

1) Flood and sediment disaster resilience and the water, food and energy nexus

Keywords: food, agriculture, livestock, fisheries, irrigation facilities, renewable energy, hydroelectric power generation, integrated water resource management, trade-offs, nexus

2) Flood and sediment disaster resilience and quality of life (quality of life: poverty, health, education, labor)

Keywords: living standards, poverty, health, education, labor, welfare, sanitation, economic growth, COVID-19 infection countermeasures, virtuous cycle

3) Flood and sediment disaster resilience and natural environment, urban environment and social systems (green infrastructure, nature-based approach, gender, peace)

Keywords: green infrastructure, nature-based approach, urban environment, natural environment, ecosystem, forest, social system, gender equality, peace.