Main objective of this activity is the development of capacity building and provision of support for the approximation to the EU Floods Directive and the implementation of an integrated approach to flood risk management encompassing prevention, preparedness and response in line with the Council conclusions on Integrated Flood Management.
Consortium partner in charge of Lot 1 – Activity 2 is CIMA Research Foundation (Italy), in cooperation with Slovenia and Croatia, under the coordination by the Italian Civil Protection Department.
The Target groups of this Activity are the National Agencies and Institutions in charge for water management and implementation of flood risk prevention measures in the Beneficiaries
By supporting Beneficiaries in becoming better prepared to cope with the challenges posed by approximation to/implementation of the EU Floods Directive this Activity expects to improve the capacity of Beneficiaries to deal with the requirements of the EU Floods Directive and to address flood prevention
The Activity will adopt a regional, need-driven and participatory approach based on thorough consultation with target groups towards assessing gaps/needs and developing tailored capacity building measures
Pillars of this Activity are five:
- Needs assessment, gap analysis and survey of existing data and maps on flood risk: an overall assessment process will be conducted targeting: a) Multi-stakeholders mapping; b) Completed and on-going initiatives; c) Extent of implementation of EU Floods Directive in the Beneficiaries (i.e. preliminary risk assessment, risk mapping, risk management planning); d) Survey of existing data and maps of flood risk in the Beneficiaries;
- Guidelines, good practices and recommendations: a guidance document for implementation of the EU Floods Directive will be developed in consultation with the Beneficiaries and the relevant regional organizations and networks. The document will also provide a set of both regional and Beneficiary-specific recommendations based on the analysis of good practices developed both in EU Member States and the Beneficiaries;
- Tailored technical assistance: based on the recommendations and the identified good practices, tailored technical assistance will be provided to the Beneficiaries in order to address specific aspects of the EU Floods Directive identified through the needs assessment/gap analysis. Tailored technical assistance will be designed in the form of “training on the job” in a “learning by doing” approach and will be conducted by experts from the implementing Consortium partners and EU Member States. Technical assistance will be targeted to ensure the accomplishment of “preliminary risk assessment” in all the Beneficiaries and will support the implementation of a “Flood Risk Information System”. Technical assistance may also be designed to address: legal support for implementation of the EU Floods Directive; hazard and risk assessment; Linking hazard mapping and contingency planning; Early Warning System;
- “Flood Risk Information System” for preliminary risk assessment in all the Beneficiaries: technical support will be provided to ensure effective data exchange. A “Flood Risk Information System” will be developed so as to include a web-portal aimed to visualize data and information from different sources and ensure interoperable applications with the existing EU “Water Information System” and other disaster risk-related information systems. The platform will support main international standards such as the EU INSPIRE Directive and OGC;
- Roadmap: a roadmap for future regional action in the area of disaster risk management will be prepared, with focus on flood risk management and aspects with a multi-beneficiary dimension.