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Building resilient societies and economies will be key to coping with climate change. Many nations and communities are already doing this but far greater action and ambition will be needed to cost effectively manage the risks and impacts of extreme weather events now and into the future.

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The impact of floods is significant and increasingly so due to climate change – floods affect more people globally than any other type of natural disaster.

This podcast looks at an initiative that lessens the impact of floods, in communities that need it the most. The Zurich Flood Resilience Program brings together the private sector, academia and community partners to create flood-resilience projects in Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal and Peru.

The initiative has mobilized an initial investment of USD 35.6 million to implement a flood-resilience measurement and create community-based solutions, such as risk financing mechanisms and sustainable livelihoods. It is developing early-warning systems and other measures in flood-prone areas, with direct benefits to more than 125,000 people.

To tell us more, we spoke to Linda Freiner, who is the manager of the Zurich Flood Resilience Program. Listen to the interview below, and subscribe to the Momentum for Change podcast. To stay connected with Momentum for Change, subscribe to the e-newsletter.

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