EU Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks


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Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks

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n 18/01/2006 the European Commission proposed a directive on the assessment and management of floods. Its aim is to reduce and manage the risks that floods pose to human health, the environment, infrastructure and property. Under the proposed directive member states would first need to carry out a preliminary assessment to identify the river basins and associated coastal areas at risk of flooding. For such zones they would then need to draw up flood risk maps and then flood risk management plans focused on prevention, protection and preparedness.

On 25/04/2007 the European Parliament adopted a compromise package agreed with the Council which in essence means the Directive is agreed. Formal adoption is expected later in 2007 by the Council. The new "Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks" has been strengthened as regards the requirements on international cooperation in shared river basins and streamlined as regards the preliminary flood risk assessment and mapping and is concerned. More emphasis is placed on the role of flood plains and sustainable land use practices. Climate change adaptation will be considered in the first implementation cycle, starting in 2011 with the preliminary flood risk assessment.


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