Danish risk management plans of the EU Floods Directive

Martin Jebens, Carlo Sass Sørensen, Thorsten Piontkowitz

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We evaluate the impact and effect of the EU Flood’s Directive (2007/60/EC) in Denmark and the flood risk management plans that are the result of the national implementation. In a qualitative research approach, the flood risk management plans published by 22 Danish municipalities are reviewed and analyzed regarding main objectives and structural and non-structural mitigation measures. From the analyses conclusions are drawn on the non-structural risk management measures still to be improved to obtain the full benefits from the Directive. Conclusions point to the need of introducing better decision support systems, a need to define acceptable risks, and a need to enhance coordi-nation between municipal and cross-sectorial actors as well as an increased effort to involve civil society is necessary. In general, the implementation of the Directive has significantly advanced the national scientific and cross-sectorial working platform for dealing with risks from floods.
Original languageEnglish
Article number23005
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016) - Lyon, France
Duration: 17 Oct 201621 Oct 2016


Conference3rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016)


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