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

Conveners: Marleen van Rijswick (Utrecht University), Doug Lewis (Grontmij)

Flood risk management may exist of several strategies that differ per Member State. Although in some countries the focus lies on prevention, other countries have strongly developed instruments for recovery. Combinations of the two are also available. From the STAR-FLOOD project it became clear that the focus on one specific strategy influences how questions regarding (no fault) liability and compensation are dealt with. For instance, in the Netherlands, most compensation is granted for damage caused by preventive measures and in France the compensation is ex post (recovery). However, it is clear that these mechanisms all serve to achieve a fair distribution of burdens in the field of flood risk management. This session aims to discuss practices in several EU Member States and to learn from lessons that follow from the Starflood research that might be inspiring for other countries.


Link to other sessions

Plenary session 1 – Towards more resilient flood risk governance

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

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 11 – The future of flood risk governance

Plenary session 2 – Towards more resilient flood risk governance