What is it about?

The Floods Directive is the most important EU Directive regarding the management of flood risk across Europe. His first implementation cycle ends in December 2015, and an analysis of the present situation is necessary to evaluate the effort that water authorities have spent till now, and the necessary steps that have to be taken in the future to tackle the flood risk. A spotted situation is evident, requiring a huge effort to reduce the differences between and within the Member States in the management of flood risk, and posing a big challenge for the future.

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Why is it important?

The present situation is described in the paper, giving importance to the future steps that are necessary to reduce the differences within Europe in the flood risk management.


To manage flood risk in national and transboundary rivers, a coherent scientific and legislative basis is needed. Only having a unique and widely-accepted vision, scholars, practitioners and water managers can join their force to reduce flood risk and protect humans.

Dr Michael Nones
Institute of Geophysics - Polish Academy of Sciences

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This page is a summary of: Implementation of the floods directive in selected EU member states, Water and Environment Journal, June 2015, Wiley,
DOI: 10.1111/wej.12129.
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