Session 7 – Coordinating different levels of governance

Conveners: Carel Dieperink (Utrecht University), Nico van der Schuit (Grontmij), Jana Steenbergen (Grontmij)

Floods don’t respect man-made administrative boundaries. As a result flood risks have to be addressed by a multiplicity of actors whose authorities and competences differ. Existing flood risk governance systems are multilevel by nature. Authorities are divided over different levels of policy making. Some actors operate at a local level, while others operate at higher geographical scales. The development of a resilient and diversified combination of FRMSs however requires coordination between these levels of governance. Coordination asks for top-down as well as bottom-up initiatives. In this session we will discuss key characteristics of such coordination mechanisms. The session is based on Dutch, Flemish, English, French, Polish and Swedish case study findings from the STAR-FLOOD-project.


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 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