STAR-FLOOD active at ECCA 2015

The second biennial ‘European Climate Change Adaptation Conference’ just wrapped up in Copenhagen. The conference covered a broad range of issues related to climate change adaptation and put greater emphasis on understanding and assessing adaptation in action under the theme Integrating climate adaptation action in science, policy, practice and business.

STAR-FLOOD was successfully represented five sessions:

  • “Governing climate adaptation: how to promote change towards more flood resilient cities in northern Europe”
  • “Managing Flood risk in the EU”
  • “Climate change adaptation in the context of extremes: Exploring drought and flooding governance”
  • “Comparing costs and benefits of adaptation implemented by different actors”
  • “Adaptation to changing flood risk”

The Science-Practioners Session “Governing climate adaptation: how to promote change towards more flood resilient cities in northern Europe” was organised by STAR-FLOOD.  During the session it was discussed how flood risk management and related governance arrangements change over time and what factors can explain such change. The discussion focused on the northern European countries of the Netherlands, UK and Sweden. STAR-FLOOD researchers presented the findings from their country and case study analysis. Moreover, practitioners from Rotterdam, Gothenburg and London presented their challenges and good practices in improving flood risk governance. During the second half of the session an interactive panel discussion took place around four propositions, o.a. “Diversification of flood risk management strategies increases flood resilience”.

The session “Managing Flood risk in the EU” was jointly organized by three EU FP7 projects: Econadapt, ENHANCE and STAR-FLOOD. It consisted of five presentations:

  • Jeroen Aerts showed how the ENHANCE project aims at improving risk management and disaster risk reduction through new or existing Multi-sectoral Partnerships;
  • Marleen van Rijswick elaborated on STAR-FLOOD’s search for appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements and innovative measures, through analysing, explaining, evaluating and designing policies to better deal with flood risks from rivers;
  • Alistair Hunt discussed some key findings of the ECONADAPT project that supports adaptation planning through building the knowledge base on the economics of adaptation to climate change and converting this into practical information for decision makers;
  • Marco Gemmer elaborated on the Union Civil Protection Mechanism and the Floods Directive, which both serve to mainstream and harmonize adaption among member states, and to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction in EU policy;
  • Finally, Peter Quarmby’ presentation on the Thames Estuary 2012 plan exemplified an integrated approach as discussed by the previous speakers.

The results of these sessions will feed back into the STAR-FLOOD project. A full report of the two sessions described above will be placed on the website soon.



STAR-FLOOD researchers at ECCA 2015 (from left to right): Meghan Alexander, Maria Kaufmann, Duncan Liefferink, Piotr Matczak, Jakub Lewandowski and Hannelore Mees.