Flood Risk Management

The ICPDR is a coordination platform for the implementation of the EU Floods Directive and for the preparation and update of the Danube Flood Risk Management Plan. Linking of flood risk management with the river basin management is one of the key goals of the ICPDR.

Recently, three project applications addressing transboundary flood risk management between Austria and Hungary received funding from the EU Cross Border Cooperation:

The Raab Flood 4cast project shall provide an enhanced flood forecasting system with direct region-oriented output as well as improved numerical models and data-exchange capabilities.
In the framework of the project, more complex meteorological and regression methodologies will be developed. Attention is being given to advanced flood risk information dissemination towards the broad public.

The PLATFORM project (Proactive Lajta/Leitha Flood Risk Management) covers the Leitha/Lajta basin strategically focusing on the state border region (Nickelsdorf-Mosonmagyaróvár).
This will be the focal point of the joint evaluation of the defence structures, common flood-management strategy recommendations as well as the investigation of the ecological improvement possibilities.
The project shall provide strategic recommendations for a common flood risk management strategy and help organizing local community forums for a better understanding of flood risks and raising awareness of the local population. In technical terms, the project will enhance conveyance capacity and ecological connectivity using field measures and optimizing the reservoir and structure operation for higher safety.

SEDDON-II (Sediment Research and Management at the Danube River ) will build on the achievements of the previous SEDDON project and focus on the implementation of the improvements suggested in the predecessor project. Outcomes will contribute significantly to the Danube River Basin Management Plan by providing concrete measures concerning sediment transport, morphodynamics and habitat diversity to keep and/or improve the ecological status of the river. The input will also serve for the Danube Flood Risk Management Plan, more specifically in terms of measures to minimize the effects of hydraulic structures on flood water levels or utilizing the effect of floodplains on water retention. SEDDON-II  is contributing to the EU renewable energy Directive with respect to ensuring the sediment continuity at hydropower plants. The Navigation strategy is supported by optimized engineering measures to increase the fairway depth. Input to the EU Flora-Fauna-Habitat Directive is given through improved measures to enhance habitat dynamics.

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  • » Danube FloodRisk Project
    The overall objective of the FLOODRISK project was to develop and produce high quality, stakeholder oriented flood hazard and flood risk maps for the transnational Danube river floodplains to provide adequate risk information for spatial planning and economic development activities.

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  • CEframe: Central European Flood Risk Assessment and Management in CENTROPE
    CEframe is a new transnational initiative to tackle flooding in central europe. For the first time the relevant institutions from four partner nations are working together on an improved flood protection management with a focus on the Danube river (Dunaj, Duna), the Thaya river (Dyje), the March River (Morava) and the Leitha river (Lajta).