The Rapid Legal Assessment Tool

The primary objective of this section is to provide a methodology, the Rapid Legal Assessment Tool (RLAT), which enable a team of experts in a country:

  • to test the existing legal frameworks for compatibility with the concept of Integrated Flood Management;

  • to initiate and guide an appropriate reform process.

RLAT broadly prescribes the steps that could be used by States as a first step towards establishing or reforming a legal framework as part of the enabling environment for Integrated Flood Management. The output from applying RLAT should form the input for a wider consultation to draw out concrete recommendations for reforms.

There are essentially four components of the tool:

  • The first component, contextual background, seeks to analyse the flood issues in the country in relation to the broader legal and political environment.
  • The second component, data gathering, provides a method by which to identify all the relevant existing laws within the country relating to flood management.
  • The third component of the tool, gap analysis, seeks to compare the provisions in the existing laws with the requirements of Integrated Flood Management, to identify gaps between what is required and what is available on the ground.

The implementation of the second and third component is facilitated by five tables that provide sets of concrete questions for data gathering and gap analysis. These tables are offered for download on the respective sites.

A step-by-step overview of the methodology of the RLAT is given on the following page.

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