Planning and Delivery of Flood Resilience

Building resilience to flooding is an important need to sustain the liveability and economic competiveness of cities wordwide. This course give you an thorough introduction to planning and delivery aspects of flood resilience.

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For whom?

  • Flood risk managers, local planners and river basin council members
  • Others (i.e. consultants) involved in supporting decision making with regard to flood risk management

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 20 April 2020
End: 08 May 2020
Deadline IHE application: 19 March 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee


Topic 1: Resilience of flood risk systems

Flooding can have devastating impacts on societies and their economies. Recovering from these impacts might be very difficult, especially in urban areas where social and technical systems are interdependent. Over the coming decades, it is expected that the frequency and intensity of floods will increase due to climate and socioeconomic change. Building resilience to flooding, therefore, is an important need to sustain the liveability and economic competiveness of cities. This topic introduces resilience as the ability of an area or community to remain functioning under a range of flood events.

Topic 2: Objectives and stress-testing objectives

This topic deals with the objectives and associated performance indicators for flood risk management, to be identified in consultation with the stakeholders. This also includes the definition of critical threshold values of the performance indicators that are used to indicate vulnerabilities to climate and socio-economic change. The vulnerability assessment is conducted using the “climate stress test” methodology, which systematically tests the flood risk system with climate changes so that the problematic climate changes can be identified.

Topic 3: Strategies to improve flood resilience

This topic identifies a range of strategies to reduce flood risks and improve resilience. It focuses on pre-event mitigation: protection, prevention and preparedness. Protection is directed at reducing the likelihood of floods, such by giving rivers more space; prevention involves sustainable spatial planning and protection of infrastructure; and preparedness concerns taking organisational measures, like preparing evacuation and recovery plans. It also deals with the management of flood events: emergency relief and recovery. Emergency relief concerns e.g. evacuating communities and providing assistance, and recovery aims at mitigating the impacts on affected communities.

Topic 4: Evaluation within adaptation pathway sequences

This topic provides guidance to evaluate and help justify the choices between different possible adaptation strategies in terms of costs, benefits and tradeoffs in the short and long term through the possible realization of pathways, and considerations of robustness or flexibility build into the flood risk system. It also provides the analytical justifications for choices in the long term or short term.

Topic 5: Adaptive plan, incl. institutional and monitoring arrangements

This topic addresses the design of an adaptive plan to improve flood resilience. This plan contains the following elements: 1) a preferred adaptation strategy; 2) actions to be taken on the short term and maybe on the mid term; 3) options to keep open for the long term; 4) arrangements (organizational, financial, legal etc.) to be made for implementing the actions; and 5) a monitoring plan.


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