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Sustainable flood resilience in refugee camps; combining sustainable drainage with WASH


Humanitarian Innovation Fund/ Save the Children




Professor Susanne Charlesworth, Dr. Andrew Adam-Bradford, Simon Watkins and Dr. Kevin Winter


1st January 2017 – 31st  October 2018

CAWR Themes

Resilient Food and Water Systems in Practice

Sustainable Development Goals

Good health and well-being logo.

Clean water and sanitation logo.

Sustainable cities and communities logo.

Climate action logo.

Project Objectives

The aim of this project is to identify and redress issues affecting resilience to flooding in refugee camps. Objectives include data creation; assessment of the impacts on environmental and human health of pilot built environmental interventions; resilience to flooding.

Project Impacts

Site-specific factors lead to flooding and widespread contamination, ill health, stress, injury and extreme vulnerability of the population to climate change. Surface water drainage is key in ensuring Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) achieves its objectives, but little cognisance is given of where water artificially drains to except that it must be conveyed “to another environment”, leading to further environmental degradation.

For more information on this project please contact Professor Susanne Charlesworth.


Humanitarian Innovation Fund: Development and Implementation Phase Grant Final Report

The Design, Construction and Maintenance of a SuDS management Train to Address Surface water Flows by Engaging the Community: Gawilan Refugee Camp, Ninewah Governate, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

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