Integrated flood management joins the sum of all operational activities to be taken before, during and after an event as well as political and administrative decisions that are aimed at preventing or mitigating a flood event or even a flood disaster.
In the later sense flood management is similar to flood risk management, which includes all measures and methods applied to achieve the required safety especially against catastrophes thus design events with return periods much more larger than 10 or 20 years.
The effectiveness of the protection system related to technical and also economic aspects strongly depends on a successful integration of technical flood risk information into decision making process as sometimes only space orientated planning allows a large-area protective effect.
This integrative management task is mainly based on the results from:
and also includes non structural flood risk mitigation concepts like land use control, contingency planning, capacity building of stakeholders or financial incentives.