Session 1 – To a definition of flood defence and risk mitigation

Conveners: Mathilde Gralepois (University of Rabelais de Tours), Julien Jadot (CEPRI)

The analysis led by the STAR-FLOOD project shows an increasing importance of the strategy “mitigation”. It is embedded in a general movement of flood risk strategies diversification, from a mono-orientated flood defence strategy to a mix of strategies amongst which mitigation seems to be a successful one. What is more is that, beside the noticed diversification process in the range of implemented strategies, the protection strategy is facing important internal changes, in a structural way (stakeholders, funding, discourses…) and technically with the development of the “nature based solutions”.

If the definition of the defence strategy appears obvious for most of the people, “mitigation” as a strategy is sometime difficult to comprehend, but it is clear that for the practitioner the important question regarding these 2 strategies is to accept or not the water on his territory.

This session will examine the links and relations between the protection and mitigation strategies and try to understand:

–          if the change observed is a real diversification or a shift from one strategy to another one?

–          Is it possible to implement both strategies in one territory? Is defence impairing possibilities for mitigation’s solutions implementation?

–          If it is a positive thing for our societies? If it appears to be positive, what are the keys to success?

–          In any case, to know who wins, who loses is significant and may explain some reluctance to the changes.

We will try to answer the questions using the elements produced in each countries and their comparison done during the STAR-FLOOD project.


Link to other sessions

Plenary session 1 – Towards more resilient flood risk governance

Session 2 – The role of spatial planning, insurance and compensation in promoting and enabling flood resilience

Session 3 – Flood preparations: lessons learned

Session 4 – Implementation of the Floods Directive in International (or interregional) River Basin Districts

Session 5 – A Design-oriented framework for Flood Risk Management?

Session 6 – The challenge of public participation

Session 7 – Coordinating different levels of governance

Session 8 – Stability and change of arrangements

Session 9 – How to work with the Practitioners Guidebook?

Session 10 – Balancing between Prevention and Recovery: dealing with liability and compensation to achieve a fair distribution of burdens

Session 11 – The future of flood risk governance

Plenary session 2 – Towards more resilient flood risk governance