ICBAN is one of 37 European Partners of FLAPP which stands for “Flood Awareness and Prevention Policy in border areas”. It is an EU-funded network through which local and regional flood experts from across Europe share knowledge and experience about how to prevent and forecast floods, evacuate people and limit the damage when floods happen.
Various flood management aspects are discussed within the FLAPP network:
- flood prevention by structural and spatial measures;
- sustainable flood management, especially related to ecologically valuable areas;
- flood forecasting and calamity management;
- cross-border cooperation to stimulate a river basin approach;
- communication with the involvement of the public to increase flood awareness.
The results of the network reflect practical tips and solutions to improve flood management across borders. These results are jointly produced by all FLAPP partners and collected in the final report. In addition a good practice book with flood management experiences of FLAPP partners is published on the project’s website.
FLAPP partners all over Europe have provided practical examples on flood management. Based on these experiences, members of the FLAPP network analysed what obstacles and challenges have to be faced in practice, when sustainable flood management policies and measures are developed and applied across borders on a regional and local scale. This analysis can be found in the so-called joint approach to cross border flood management. Thematic working groups carried out inventory studies and expert meetings leading to a range of valuable sub-products. The available theoretical and practical know-how within the FLAPP network has formed a thorough basis to formulate policy recommendations addressing different levels of government. Discussions between members of the FLAPP network took place during a variety of events and through individual contacts.
The FLAPP project worked primarily by organising activities across Europe such as half-yearly conferences, study visits, expert and working group meetings. This helped regional partners to learn from existing flood management actions, facilitating the exchange of knowledge, and encouraging authorities to implement useful ideas. From this a database of practical examples was developed that includes experiences of cross-border flood mapping, renaturalisation projects in regional streams to cross-border monitoring systems and public awareness tools.
From these opportunities partners in the FLAPP network have jointly formulated recommendations to improve flood management in Europe. These are addressed to the European Union, national governments and regional/local authorities of the participating countries.
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