The European Flood Risk Management Guidelines


The European Floods Directive (EFD) and its implementation in the State of Brandenburg 

The "Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and the management of flood risks" established for the first time a set of stringent unified rules for flood risk management across Europe. The aim is to reduce flood-related risks to human health, the environment, cultural heritage, and economic activities, as well as to tackle them. The guidelines are a reaction by the European Commission to the extreme flooding of recent years in many European river areas.

The guidelines envisage coordination with the European Water Framework Directive, and in doing so, the focus will be on the opportunities for improving efficiency and the exchange of information, as well as achieving synergies and common advantages. The act for the revision the Water Law of 31 July 2009 incorporated the Flood Risk Management Guidelines into German law. Die Umsetzung der Richtlinie erfolgt in drei Schritten und gibt den Mitgliedstaaten den folgenden Zeitplan vor: The implementation of the guidelines is scheduled to take place in three stages and Member States are given the following timetable:

» by 22 December 2011: Initial assessment of the flood risk
» by 22 December 2013: Danger an risk map
» by 22 December 2015: Risk management plans and maps (in german)

Letzte Aktualisierung: 04.06.2018

Subject overview

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Expert information:

Further information (in german):

Legal basis

  • EFD (flood risk management guidelines)
  • Regulation for determining bodies of water and sections of water prone to flooding
  • Decision under Article 13 of the HWRM-RL for the State of Brandenburg of 6 November 2010


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