Policy Analysis

Multi-Purpose Flood Protection: A rural-urban win-win

By Henry David Venema, Henry David Venema on June 11, 2009

Henry David Venema, IISD's Director of Sustainable Natural Resources Management and Water Innovation Centre looks at what lessons Manitoba's 2009 Red River flood offers and discusses how building resilience to future floods requires that we make a deliberate effort to learn from history and experience.

"We need to prepare for more years like 2009. With the operational limitations of the Floodway now better understood, we need agricultural water management options that provide rural as well as urban benefits. This is where the next increment of flood protection must come."