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1 Flood Risk Management Plans Main topics of interest and the workshop programme Jos van Alphen

2 Content 1. Floods in Europe and related measures 2. The Floods Directive and Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) 3. Main issues according to Member States 4. Main issues related to the Maastricht programme

3 1. Floods in Europe, from rivers (EEA, 2008) River floods most common natural disaster in Europe Since major river floods Average damage ca. 3.5 billion euro s/yr, up to 17 billion /event ( 02) Number of casualties up to several hundred/yr ( 98) Frequency and intensity is expected to increase, but may differ over Europe Increase due to: Climate change Economy Society

4 ..and in coastal areas (EEA, 2008) 1/3 of European population lives < 50 km of coastline km 2 is within SL + 1m. Climate change ( sea level rise) increases: Flood prone area Exposed population and assets (harbours!) Loss of estuarine and coastal habitats

5 ..and related toolbox of measures. Flood Risk Management, prevention Land use planning / risk zones Building codes & flood proof buildings Areas reserved for water storage and dike improvement

6 Flood Risk Management, protection Beach nourishments Dikes, storm surge barriers & flood gates Basins for temporary storage Flood plain lowering and dike realignment

7 Flood Risk Management, preparation Emergency /evacuation plans Storage of emergency materials (sand bags) Excercises Public Instructions

8 2. Floods Directive and Flood Risk Management Plans Conclusions Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Flood hazard and flood risk maps Objectives to reduce potential adverse consequences on human health, environment, cultural heritage and economic activity Measures (prioritized), to reduce probability and/or consequences of flooding Address prevention, protection and preparedness, incl. forecasts & early warning, promote sustainable land use and controlled flooding Measures in accordance with other EU- Directives, Coordination with WFD (2000/60/EC) Coordination in international basins, present method of CBA Actions regarding public information/consultation How is implementation of FRMP monitored?

9 WG-F workshops up till now April 2008: Bad Radkersburg/Gornja Radgona: Local Planning Sept.2008: Dublin: Maps May 2009: Brno: PFRA Sept.2009: Karlstad: Climate Change Oct. 2009: Edinburgh: Catchment approach Italy, Gent,.

10 WG F workshop on Flood Risk Management Plans, Maastricht

11 3. FRMPs, Main issues according to Member States Questionnaire questions: 5) What kind of problems did you meet or do you expect in elaboration of FRMPs? 6) What other issues would you like to discuss? Results from: Austria, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvian, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland

12 FRMP-objectives Level of detail of objectives (on different levels: national, regional, local) Examples of objectives regarding human health, cultural history, landscape How to include climate change in FRMPs

13 FRMP-measures Examples of effective measures Selection of appropriate measures Establishing the effectiveness of measures in achieving the objectives (on beforehand and evaluate after implementation), e.g. land use planning and disaster management.

14 FRMP-measures 2 How to include potential measures in a Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) or Multi Criteria Analysis (MCA), what kind of information on measures is needed, how to establish national criteria? How important is a legal framework for the effective implementation of measures Level of detail in FRMPs (international / national / regional / local level) How to create coordination / win-win situations with WFD and other directives

15 FRMP-process design Relevant authorities to be involved (national, regional, local level) and how to organize this involvement effectively within required time (2015)? How to organize public participation and in which stages, which tools / techniques can be used? How to combine existing plans with FRMP elaboration? How much capacity and resources is required to prepare FRMPs?

16 FRMP-process design International River basins: How to coordinate elaboration of objectives in national and international setting How to coordinate the selection of appropriate measures ( solidarity )?

17 : main issues, a summary WFD Existing plans, national regional Floods Directive FRMP Objectives Measures, prioritization local

18 Main issues in relation to the programme I n t e r n a t i o n a l C E PFRA Maps E x i s t i n g p l a n s FRMP Objectives Measures Land use Disast.mngt Prioritization Climate B Economics/Funding A D P u b l i c c o n s u l t a t i o n C

19 Let s start and improve / join these examples!

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