Title: From structures to sustainability: a history of flood management strategies in Canada

Authors: Dan Shrubsole

Addresses: Department of Geography, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario N6A 5C2, Canada

Abstract: Four principles are identified as being associated with sustainability – balance, ecosystem approach, adaptive management and teamwork. The evolution of flood management strategies in Canada is provided using secondary historical sources. The sustainability of flood management in Canada is assessed in terms of the nature and extent to which flood management strategies exhibit principles of balance, ecosystem approaches, adaptive management and teamwork. The paper concludes that while Canada|s National Disaster Mitigation Strategy (NDMS) has made progress towards achieving sustainability, there are specific considerations that require further attention.

Keywords: ecosystems; flood plain management; Canada; sustainability; sustainable development; emergency management; adaptive management; teamwork; disaster mitigation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEM.2007.013989

International Journal of Emergency Management, 2007 Vol.4 No.2, pp.183 - 196

Published online: 07 Jun 2007 *

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