Urban Laboratory Portoviejo: Early warning system for flood disaster

Potential climate/ disaster impacts addressed by approach & Justification for approach:

The Portoviejo River crosses the city of Portoviejo, and its inhabitants are exposed to flooding every winter. An early warning system is required to manage seasonal flooding, which causes significant damage to homes and businesses in the city. By implementing this system, the city seeks resilience to current risks and the impacts of climate change. In addition, it seeks to strengthen flood risk management governance.

Process of Implementation:

Through a participatory process, a flood early warning system was designed. This includes its governance, management, and sustainability model. In addition, together with the municipality and its innovation center, a real-time flood detection system was developed. In the future, this information will be connected to the municipal risk management application “Portoviejo Previene”.

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