WATER

Project: Cross border Flood Risk Management
Submitter: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic, programme EUPRO II
Time of Relevance: 5/2014–12/2017

Project Objective:

The overall aim of the project is the establishment of an interdisciplinary network of institutions and experts with focus on cross-border management of flood risk. The expertise of Elbe, Rhine and Danube river basin management in governance and technical solutions in water and land management and in complex planning approaches will be critically evaluated and innovative solution will be proposed.

One of the main goals of the project is to establish an international platform for submission of joint project proposals (COST, Horizon 2020 etc.) and for supporting the research publication activities.

Scientific committee of the project:
– Prof. Dr. Jirina Jilkova (Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem),
– Assoc. Prof. Dr. Thomas Hartmann (Utrecht University),
– Assoc. Prof. Lenka Slavikova (Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem).

Executive manager of the project: Jiri Louda, jiri.louda (at) ujep.cz
Administrative support: Miroslava Huaytalla Suarez, miroslava.suarez (at) ujep.cz

Brief Summary:
River floods are currently among the most pressing natural disasters. In the last decade, much research has been conducted in the field of flood risk management, but the landwater nexus has been barely addressed. Where to store the water in a catchment? What are instruments and arrangements to facilitate water retention and flood-resilient cities? To answer those question, an interdisciplinary and international research initiative dedicated to “Flood Retention and Resilience in River Catchments” has been successfully launched. Disciplines cover (but not restricted to) economics, law, spatial planning, water engineering, property theory; participants stem from Australia, Austria, Germany, Latvia, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and Sweden. Goals of the project is to intensify the cooperation among participating organizations, including developing join publications and future projects.
Outputs:

Newsletters

Newsletter 1/2015

Invitation for 3rd workshop for the FLOODLAND network

3rd meeting of the FLOODLAND network will take place at the Utrecht University 15–16 April 2016. Please indicate by 10 March if you attend by sending an e-mail to t.hartmann (at) uu.nl

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2nd workshop Flood Retention and Resilience in River Catchments (June 12–13, 2015; Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic)

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The main aim of the workshop was to further elaborate the research questions for future activities and to discuss in detail possible project proposals (focused on Horizon 2020). Experts discussed the technical, economic and instituional context of adaptation of society to the consequences of the floods within the hydrological catchment, with an emphasis on the possibility of increasing water retention in the landscape capturing flood waves in the polders and adaptation of buildings in cities. Considerable attention was devoted to discussing the issue of of ownership relations and negotiations between owners and authorities and owners among themselves for the purpose of flood control measures in the river basin area.

The workshop was attended by 23 experts from 9 countries including Australia and the USA. Within this workshop was established an interdisciplinary and international research initiative FLOODLAND.

Hydro-Mechanical Aspects of Flood Routing and Retention (Antje Bornschein, Reinhard Pohl, Technische Univesitat Dresden, Germany),
Realizing the potential of NWRM in catchment flood management: Tradeoffs and matching interests (Dennis Collentine, Martyn Futter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
Flooding games – upstream – downstream in the light of economic theory (Thomas Hartmann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Jiřina Jílková, Jan Macháč, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Czech Republic),
Horizon 2020 (2014–2020) The EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (Michaela Vlková, Technology centre AS, Czech Republic),
Experiences in emergency management: 2002, 2006, 2013 (Prof. Dr. Robert Jüpner, University of Kaiserslautern, Germany),
Strengthening And Redesigning European FLOOD risk practices: Towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements (Maria Kaufmann, Radbouh University Nijmegen, The Netherlands),
Floodretain Workshop JFRM Special Issue (Dr. Simon McCarthy, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, United Kingdom),
Assessing flood resilience of urban and rural areas (Thomas Naumann, Reinhard Schinke, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany),
Negotiating Upstream-Downstream Relations Experiences and Challenges from Austrian Case Studies (Assoc. Prof. Walter Seher, Lukas Löschner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria),
Using Property Rights for Flood Risk Management: an Australian perspective (Prof. John Sheehan, Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights, University of Technology Sydney, Australia),
Understanding land as part of the flood risk system and its governance (Prof. Dr. Jochen Schanze, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development; Technische Univesitat Dresden, Germany),
FLOOD-P-LAND: Flood Retention and Resilience on Private Land (Assoc. Prof. Lenka Slavíková, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Czech Republic).

1st workshop Flood Retention and Resilience in River Catchments (November 21–22, 2014; Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic)

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The workshop was planned for setting up an interdisciplinary and international research initiative. 15 experts from 9 countries attended this workshop. During the workshop were discussed the topic flood retention and resilience in four sections:

  1. LAW AND PROPERTY RIGHTS
    Natural Water Retention Measures for Sustainable Flood Management: Linking Lawscapes to Landscapes and Cities to Catchments (Dr. Martyn Futter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
    Legal Instruments for Implementation of Natural Retention, Flood Retention and Resilient Cities (Dr. jur Juliane Albrecht, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany),
    Using Property Rights for Flood Risk Management: an Australian Perspective (Prof. John Sheehan, Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights, University of Technology Sydney, Australia).
  2. ECONOMIC ASPECTS
    Socio-Economic Challenges of the Flood Risk Management (Dr. Lenka Slavíková & Dr. Pavel Raška, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Czech Republic) ,
    Flood Storage: Compensation & Negotiating Space for Water (Dr. Simon McCarthy, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, United Kingdom),
    The Economic Benefits of Catchment Flood Management: Tradeoffs and Matching Interests (Dr. Dennis Collentine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden).
  3. CATCHMENT GOVERNANCE
    Governance Challenges in Implementing Catchment Approach for Increasing the Flood Risk Absorption Capacity: Case Study Lielupe River, Latvia (Ingrida Bremere, Baltic Environmental Forum, Latvia),
    Dynamics of Flood Risk Systems and Their Implications for Flood Risk Management (Prof. Dr. Jochen Schanze, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany),
    Negotiating Upstream-Downstream Relations: Experiences and Challenges from Austrian Case Studies (Assoc. Prof. Walter Seher & Lukas Löschner University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria).
  4. SPATIAL PLANNING
    – Regional Resilience Concealed in the Relationship between Patterns and Processes of a Territorial Capital – From View of Spatial Planning
    (Attila Toth, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia),
    Challenges of Flood Retention and Resilience for Cross-Border Governance – Demands of Regional Planning (Dr. Barbara Warner, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Germany),
    Land for Flood Retention and Resilience (Dr. Thomas Hartmann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands).

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