by Anna Serra-Llobet and David Powers
Floods are the most common natural disaster both in Europe and in the United States, and the damage they cause will increase with climate change and current trends of urbanization in floodplains. Since the EU Floods Directive was implemented in 2007, there has been tremendous innovation in Flood Risk Management across Europe. This European Law has brought together all the Member States to create an unprecedented transnational framework to manage flood risk across administrative boundaries.
In this webinar, co-organized by the Institute of European Studies and the American Association of State Floodplain Managers, presenters Ioannis Kavvadas (European Commission), Kymo Slager (Deltares, The Netherlands), Mark Adamson (Office of Public Works, Ireland), Clemens Neuhold (Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Austria) talked about the lessons learned after two cycles of implementation of the Floods Directive and various national tools developed since then. Presenters highlighted how this legislation is not only fostering scientific and technical advances on better understanding floods, e.g., how to integrate climate change into models, how to analyze residual risk behind levees, and how to integrate nature-based solutions into flood risk management, but it is also improving governance aspects, promoting international coordination and collaboration among European countries and facilitating knowledge exchange among them.