Legal and Institutional Aspects

Law, as a vehicle for orderly change, plays a vital role for flood management at the local, regional, national and international levels. Factors that must be taken into account in the various decision-making and planning processes should be set out in law, along with details of the relevant procedures that must be followed. Responsibilities of a variety of actors need to be defined clearly and unambiguously. Without an appropriate legal regime, accountability and transparency cannot be ensured, and the rights, powers and obligations of all actors involved, along with relevant standards of performance, cannot be clearly and unambiguously set out. The graph below illustrates the different roles of the law in Integrated Flood Management.  The process of enacting relevant laws will largely differ between countries, political systems, legal system and whether the national level is concerned or not.

This module is structured in three chapters:

This chapter presents the basic elements for which a legal and institutional framework for flood management at the national level should provide for.

This chapter highlights the key legal and institutional issues that are most relevant to flood management at the international level.

This section provides a comprehensive methodology which enables countries to test their existing legal frameworks for compatibility with the concept of IFM and which can guide an appropriate reform process.

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Legal and Institutional Aspects of IFM

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