Flood Risk Management


Flood risk management  is concerned with continuous and holistic societal analysis, assessment and mitigation of flood risk. According to its context, flood risk management implies either action taken to mitigate risk, or the complete process of risk assessment, option appraisal and risk mitigation.


Flood risk management joins the sum of:

  • all operational activities to be taken before, during and after an event as well as
  • political and administration decisions that are aimed at preventing or mitigating a flood event or even a flood disaster.


The aim of the EU Flood Directive is to reduce and manage the risks that floods pose to human health, the environment, infrastructure and property. According to the EU Flood Directive, Member States will have to reduce flood risk for those areas where the risk is deemed significant. This is done by first determining the extent of flood risk (through flood hazard mapping and flood risk mapping). Consequently, objectives for flood risk reduction have to be established, as well as the measures that will be taken to reach these objectives. These are laid down in flood risk management plans.

To get a short introduction to the EU Flood Directive, please follow the associated link.

Flood risk management comprises:

Flood Risk Assessment Flood Management Plan Flood Management Measures

Information about the three topics of flood risk management can be selected from the diagram above. Please click on the relevant topic. 

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