With Pooja Singh, University of Nottingham.
The shift in the flood risk management paradigm from flood hazard to flood risk has led to view floods as socio-environmental systems (SESs). For understanding SES, not only do scientific knowledges play a vital role but also local knowledges. In the UK, this paradigm shift begun in the early 1990s. Although there has been a shift in the mind-set in India, there is still a gap in implementing the paradigm shift to the ground level.
In this research, a soft system methodological approach has been proposed to better understand SES in Kosi Basin, India. The major at-risk rural communities identified in the Kosi Basin are the ones living in the waterlogged area, on the west embankment, and within the embankments. On-field data was acquired using participatory modelling and then structured into community SESs using casual loop diagrams.
The SESs were diagnosed using a resilience framework which highlighted that these different SES have different system dynamics and a single homogenous resilient pathway cannot be applied to them. The leverage point technique was used to devise a separate resilient pathway for each community. The findings of this work show that a better understanding of SES is a way forward to enable positive transformation by delivering robust and sustainable policies.
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