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Article 1 of the EU Directive describes the objective as follows:

“The purpose of this Directive is to establish a framework for the assessment and management of flood risks, aiming at the reduction of the adverse consequences for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity associated with floods in the Community.”

The FLOODsite definition of flood risk management is “Holistic and continuous societal analysis, assessment and reduction of flood risk”.  (See FLOODsite Report T32-04-01 “Language of Risk Document” in Project Publications)

Thus the understanding of flood risk management developed within FLOODsite is closely aligned with the objective of the Directive.

This process of flood risk management comprises and combines:

  • flood risk analysis, to determine risk objectively by analysing and combining probabilities and negative consequences of floods
  • flood risk assessment, to understand perception of risk, to assist societal weighing of costs and benefits of risk and to support decisions, and
  • design and implementation of physical measures and policy instruments for flood risk management
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