Flood protection infrastructure

Project information

Index: 0865R2
Acronym:CivPro
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Natural and technological risks (including climate change)
Location ELLADA VOREIA ELLADA Regional Unit of Evros Anatoliki Makedonia, Thraki

Topic of the practice

Flood protection

Good Practice Information

Two types of measure were implemented in order to ensure effective water management and mitigate flood risk for the Evros River. In order to ensure cost-efficiency, the measures were introduced as part of an integrated flood management system where land use, population needs, availability of resources, flood occurrences are all considered. First, a prevention-monitoring system was installed, namely automatic stations — or, censors —for remote monitoring of the river water level. Second, infrastructure was constructed (e.g. dams, reservoirs, mounds, ditches) according to land-use preferences. Both types of intervention required accurate system of collecting, monitoring and processing data, experienced staff, well organized CP services, efficient coordination of administrative services and availability of financial resources.

Evidence of success

Significant improvement was achieved in terms of early warning, providing enough time to authorities and local population to prepare and take measures to tackle floods. Appropriate engineering structures have been proven very effective to hold the waters in flood occurrence.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Dr. Spyros Arseniou

sarseniou@pamth.gov.gr

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