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

Conveners: Prof. Dr. Kurt Deketelaere, Cathy Suykens (Leuven University), Jan van den Bossche (Grontmij)

Flood Risk Management is an inherently transboundary issue, and cannot be dealt with effectively exclusively from the national perspective. This session will tackle the implementation of the Floods Directive from the viewpoint of shared waters between EU Member States. More specifically, the session will focus on the implementation of Flood Risk Management Strategies in International River Basin Districts and which mechanisms for cooperation are and can be used to coordinate these strategies. The session will kick off with two short presentations setting forth (i) the EU framework for cooperation in Flood Risk Management and (ii) a more technical overview of the issue through the Transboundary Freshwater Dispute Database. Panelists with international expertise in Flood Risk Management will then discuss the topic via thought provoking statements, with the goal of exchanging specific good practices and lessons learned.


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 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