Project Details

Title: Sustainable flood management strategies for cross border river basins
Priority: 2: Environment and risk prevention
Theme: Natural and technological risks (including climate change)

Type of intervention

Type of intervention: 1: Regional Initiative Project
Mini-programme: No
Duration: 1st Jan 2010 - 31st Dec 2012
Website: http://www.floodwise.nl


Total budget: €1,957,400.00
ERDF contribution: €1,524,290.00

Lead partner

Euregio Meuse-Rhine
PO BOX 5700

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Project summary

European border regions regularly suffer from major floods, causing fatalities, displacement of people, great economic losses and large impact on nature. Floods are basin wide phenomena which do not respect borders and often create cross-border problems between regions and countries. It is widely recognised that effective flood management requires cooperation within the river basin. European water legislation such as the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the recently approved Flood Risk Management Directive (FRMD) embrace sustainable water resources management on a river basin scale. Although international cooperation within river basins is strongly advocated in these directives, a real joint approach across (inter)national borders is not common practice and hampered by practical and legal obstructions. Unbalanced flood management strategies may cause disproportional flooding and may harm the ecologic functions of the river and its floodplain

as advocated in EU policy.


The FLOOD-WISE project stimulates a joint approach in sustainable flood management in 6 international river basins (Meuse, Roer, Elbe, Sava, Western Bug and Tisza-Somes) represented by 15 selected partners.

Overall objective of the project is identification, sharing and transfer of good practices on sustainable cross-border flood management in European river basins, using the instruments of the FRMD. Therefore, the project is divided in three phases, following the steps of the FRMD and addressing the three different flood risk management tools: a. Flood risk assessment, b. Flood risk mapping, c. Flood risk management plans. The overall objective is reinforced by the integration of other EU directives and national policies, taking into account the hydrological, ecological and socio-economic functions of the river.

By incorporating the cultural and political dimensions, carrying out pilot actions, the project is expected to result in a higher willingness of responsible authorities to develop harmonized or joint flood strategies and policy measures across borders within the frameworks of EU and national policies and regulation. The project will result in river basin reports on flood related issues, good practices and solutions, joint recommendations to the European Commission, Member States and relevant stakeholders, a digital information exchange platform and actions plans per river basin for the future implementation of the project’s results.

Project achievements

Floodwise is meant to practice the implementation of the FD in crossborder areas following the 3 main, interconnected tasks of the FD, the 3 phases 1 Preliminary assessment of the flood risk, 2. make flood hazards and flood rsik maps and 3. make a flood risk management plan including all necessary measures.Flood risk assessment in border areas: What is a ‘significant’ flood risk? Do our definitions match? Are sufficient and relevant data available and accessible across borders? In the 2nd half of 2010 partners inventoried existing flood risk assessment methods crossborder in the Elbe, Meuse, Rur, Sotla, Somes and Bug. Differences and similarities between the RB were discussed at an interregional partner meeting in October in Wlodawa (PL). Exchange and knowledge transfer meetings were held in Maastricht in March and in Schwammenauel in May 2011. In April 2011 the 2nd partner meeting was held in Dresden, visiting the Elbe. Here the first results of the flood risk mapping were presented.

Phase 2 was finalized in the summer and presented at the 3rd Partner meeting in October 2011 in Cluj-Napoca. The results of phase 3, listing measures and in the firstdraft cross border flood risk management plans were ready by the 4th Partner meeting in Rogaška Slatina (RO) in April 2012. Challenges of cross border cooperation in flood risk assessment: The main conclusion drawn by partners during the 1st interregional partner meeting was that harmonization in border areas starts with common objectives. The Floods Directive (FD) neither gives a hint towards possible appropriate objectives nor measures suited to fulfil these objectives. FLOOD-WISE partners are of the opinion that a catalogue of potential objectives and connected measures would be useful. The following practical recommendations for authorities who are implementing the Directive in international river basins were drafted: Match assumptions: agree on how to deal with differences in modelling assumptions and xyz coordinates.

Good practice example: The German LAWA method was identified as a good practice example for preliminary flood risk assessment. Especially this’upstream rule’can be recommended for countries in a cross border river basin. Significant criteria in both countries need to be respected. This upstream rule is already implemented in the Netherlands as a good policy and included in the application document of the FD in the NL. The WISE-RTD portal has been extended for EU Floods Directive. The WISE-RTD consortium was contracted to carry out this task. A supervision group consisting of several FLOOD-WISE partners guided the WISE-RTD consortium. The first test version of the database was presented in April 2011 during the 2nd partner meeting in Dresden, and tested in a workshop with the FLOOD-WISE partners. The final version was ready by the 3rd Partner Meeting in Oct.2011. In April 2012 during the 4th Partner meeting, WISE-RTD was presented through a totally renewed website, including e-learning

instructions. Since then the relevant FLOOD-WISE documents (sub reports phases 1, 2 and 3) and good practices were uploaded and are now available for the public through WISE-RTD.

In the last half year of 2012 all final products of the projects were presented and published at the 5th Partner Meeting and Final Conference in Maastricht (NL): Final report, Good Practices report, final brochure, a serious –roll playing- game especially fit for finding cross border Since then the relevant FLOOD-WISE documents (sub reports phases 1, 2 and 3) and good practices were uploaded and are now available for the public through WISE-RTD.The project delivered all its envisioned products/outputs and results in time. In each RB the results were disseminated to the stakeholders and action plans were presented how the implementation will be continued, now including the relevant cross border aspects with the lessons learned during this project. Applying the FLOOD-WISE lessons wisely and successfully.


Institution, Town Country Region Contact details
Euregio Meuse-Rhine, MAASTRICHT NETHERLANDS Limburg (NL) 31 43 389 7487
Province of Limburg, The Netherlands, MAASTRICHT NETHERLANDS Limburg (NL) 31(0)433897499
Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management, regional office Limburg, Maastricht NETHERLANDS Limburg (NL) +31 43 239 4444
aleksandra.jaskula@rws.nl (or mirjam.van.roode@rws.nl)
Ministry o.t. Walloon region,Directorate-General Agriculture of natural resources environment, Namur BELGIUM Prov. Namur 00 32 81 336318
Roer en Overmaas Regional Water Authority, Sittard NETHERLANDS Limburg (NL) 31464205700
Water Board Eifel-Rur, Düren GERMANY Köln 4924214941312
Saxon State Agency for Environment, Agriculture and Geology, Dresden GERMANY Dresden +49 351 89 28 4000
State Office of Environment, Health and Consumer Protection of Brandenburg, Potsdam GERMANY Brandenburg - Südwest 49 33201/ 442 210
Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Ljubljana SLOVENIA Zahodna Slovenija 386 3 4224241
CROATIAN WATERS, Zagreb OTHER 385 1 6307 522; ++385 1 6307 693
vtusic@voda.hr; mluksic@voda.hr
National University of Water Management and Nature Resources Use, Rivne OTHER 380 362 633445
District Office of Wlodawa, Wlodawa POLAND Lubelskie 48 82 5724473
janek@miasteczko.org; starostwo@powiat.wlodawa.pl
Central Research Institute for Complex Use of Water Resources, Minsk OTHER 375 17 2634833
Upper-Tisza-region Environmental and Water Directorate, Nyíregyháza HUNGARY Eszak-Alfold 3642502200
National Administration "Romanian Waters”, Somes –Tisa River Basin Water Administrations, Cluj-Napoca ROMANIA Nord-Vest 0040-264 433028
apecj@dast.rowater.ro; idue@dast.rowater.ro; ioan.rosu@dast.rowater.ro
Municipality Rogaška Slatina, Rogaška Slatina SLOVENIA Vzhodna Slovenija +386 3 81 81 732
Municipality of Hum na Sutli, Hum na Sutli OTHER +385 49 382 382


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