Hazardous settlement of flood plains

Other Names:
Building on flood plains
Construction on flood plains
Exposure of settlements to tidal flooding
Hazardous settlement of unprotected coastlines

Subsistence farmers lacking cultivable land are increasingly forced to settle marginal lands exposed to tidal flooding. In many river valleys, areas chronically liable to floods are now farmed through lack of more suitable cultivable land. Close to the coast, such settlement may be vulnerable to exceptionally high tides and to the effects of hurricanes.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST