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Flood Risk Management and Floodplain Restoration in Europe

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Flood Risk Management and Floodplain Restoration in Europe

Recent Policy Developments at EU Level

Against the background of an increased number of flood events and the dependency of their impacts on how the surrounding land is used, it has become evident that technical solutions have only a limited effect.  New approaches to flood management, including the restoration of rivers’ natural flood zones, have become indispensable.  In this book section, Thomas Dworak, Head of Ecologic Vienna, analyses current EU policies and how they can be used for the restoration of floodplain areas.  He presents a detailed and systematic assessment of the opportunities and challenges arising from water and non-water related EU policies.

The section was published in the book "Restoring Floodplains in Europe" by Timothy Moss and Jochen Monstadt.  The book addresses the complex institutional dimensions in restoring floodplains.  Despite the recent surge of interest in restoring floodplains among policy and research circles, as well as in the public domain, very few schemes for restoring functional floodplains have been put into practice in Europe to date.

The book explores the reasons behind this discrepancy between interest and applications with an original, comparative analysis of the institutional drivers and constraints of floodplain restoration in Europe.  It explains why so few projects have been successfully implemented, how recent policy shifts are creating new opportunities for floodplain restoration and what lessons for policy development and project management can be drawn from in-depth analysis of past and present schemes.  The book critically appraises the relationship between macro-level policy development and enforcement and micro-level project design and implementation.

This book is available for purchase at IWA Publishing for 120€.


Citation

Dworak, Thomas 2008: "Flood risk management and floodplain restoration in Europe: recent policy developments at EU level", in: Timothy Moss and Jochen Mondstadt (ed.): Restoring Floodplains in Europe. London: IWA Publishing, 47-60.

Language
English
Author(s)
Publisher
Year
2008
Published In
ISBN
9781843390909, 9781780401966
Dimension
14 pp.
Table of Contents

3.1 Introduction and background
3.2 The development of a European Flood Directive
3.3 The proposal for a Flood Directive
4.4 Future steps
3.5 Linkage of EU floods policy to other policy areas
3.5.1 EU water policy -  The Water Framework Directive
3.5.2 Common agricultural and rural development policies
3.5.3 EU nature conservation policy
3.5.4 Urban and regional planning
3.5.5 Integrated coastal zone management
3.5.6 Funding flood protection
3.5.7 EU research policy
3.6 Conclusions
3.7 References

Keywords
Flooding, water, flood protection,