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

Conveners: Sue Tapsell (Middlesex University London), Doug Lewis (Grontmij)

The STAR-FLOOD project starts from the hypothesis that diversification and alignment of Flood Risk Management Strategies, (i) prevention, (ii) defence, (iii) mitigation, (iv) preparation & response and (v) recovery, leads to more robust Flood Risk Governance Arrangements and enhances resilience to flooding in urban areas. On the far ends of this strategy scale is the prevention strategy, concerned with minimising the exposure of people and property to flooding, and the recovery strategy, concerned with facilitating recovery from a flood event. The link between these strategies is paramount. In the pursuit of resilient societies it is necessary that mechanisms for compensating flood damages incentivise citizens and developers to adapt to minimise future losses.

Drawing from cross-country comparisons, this session will examine the relationship between the prevention and recovery strategies. After an introduction to STAR-FLOOD research, invited guest speakers will offer a short presentation based on their experiences with different governance arrangements; from private insurance schemes through to State involvement and public compensation. The panel will then debate the following questions:

  1. In what ways do ex-post compensation mechanisms encourage and steer citizens towards adopting preventative measures to minimise flood risk?
  2. What are the constraints and difficulties to aligning these strategies?


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 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