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STrengthening And Redesigning European FLOOD risk practices
Towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements

Objective

Urban regions in the EU face increasing but uncertain flood risks due to urbanization and the effects of climate change. In European (a.o. the Flood Risk Directive) and in national and regional policies, attempts are made to diversify and align different Flood Risk Strategies (FRSs). In our proposal, five such strategies are distinguished: risk prevention; flood defense; mitigation; preparation; and recovery. We assume that vulnerable urban agglomerations will be more resilient if multiple FRSs are applied simultaneously, linked together and aligned. At the same time, the application of a diverse cluster of FRSs has to be appropriate, i.e. attuned to the physical and social context. The latter asks for innovative Flood Risk Governance Arrangements (FRGAs). In the proposed program, insights from governance and legal scholars will be integrated and combined, leading to policy design principles for FRGAs as well as concrete recommendations for policy and law at the level of the EU, its member states, regional authorities, and public-private partnerships.
Across different EU countries and regions, we expect to identify different mixes of FRSs. We will analyze, explain and evaluate the emergence and dominance of the FRGAs through which these FRSs are institutionally embedded. For this, a comparative analysis of FRGAs in six EU member states will be carried out. This analysis will reveal good practices, provide understanding of the resilience of FRSs as well as their appropriateness in different physical, social and legal contexts. The design principles thus derived, will be brought together in a design-oriented framework for ex-ante evaluation of FRGAs. As part of the program, various target group specific knowledge dissemination activities will be carried out, aimed at regional stakeholders, high level policymakers and EU officers. To this end, Grontmij, a consultancy company, and CEPRI (The European centre for flood risk prevention) have been included in the consortium, apart from universities in the six EU member states.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 378 363
Administrative Contact
Eveline Helsper (Ms.)

Participants (9)

STICHTING RADBOUD UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 319 287
Address
Houtlaan 4
6525 XZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Van Eerde (Mr.)
SWECO NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 592 268
Address
De Holle Bilt 22
3732 HM De Bilt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerrit Thomas Raadgever (Dr.)
MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 653 259
Address
The Burroughs, Hendon .
NW4 4BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sue Tapsell (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 368 724
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Mrs.)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 366 240
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tine Heylen (Ms.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 669 999
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Pettersson (Dr.)
Institute for Agricultural and Forest Environment, Polish Academy of Science
Poland
EU contribution
€ 294 336
Address
Bukowska 19
60809 Poznan
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Zbigniew W. Kundzewicz (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE DE TOURS
France
EU contribution
€ 563 063
Address
Rue Du Plat D Etain 60
37020 Tours
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aurélie Uchard (Ms.)
CENTRE EUROPEEN DE PREVENTION DU RISQUE INONDATION ASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 78 990
Address
Rue Eugene Vignat 15
45000 Orleans
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Valérie Griffon (Mrs.)