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Linking rural community livelihoods to resilience building in flood risk reduction in Zimbabwe

Patrick Gwimbi
Jàmbá: Journal of Disaster Risk Studies | Vol 2, No 1 | a16 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jamba.v2i1.16 | © 2009 Patrick Gwimbi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 April 2009 | Published: 25 April 2009

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Patrick Gwimbi, Department of Environmental Health, National University of Lesotho, Lesotho

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The increasing occurrence of disastrous flooding events and the mounting losses in both life and property values in Zimbabwe have drawn attention to the flooding situation in the country, especially the rural areas. This article explores the resilience of vulnerable rural communities to flood risks associated within increasingly frequent and severe events linked to climate change. Starting by reviewing the current literature on rural livelihoods, resilience and vulnerability research, the paper argues for a coordinated teamwork approach in flood risk mitigation in rural areas. The paper concludes with several recommendations for enhanced resilience to flood hazards.


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