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Guidelines on How to use floodplains for flood risk reduction

These guidelines are an output from the "Ecoflood Project: Towards natural flood reduction strategies", the main objective of which was to promote the use of floodplains as natural flood defence measures, while at the same time optimising other compatible functions and values through conservation and restoration.

They are mainly intended for use by policy- and decision-makers requiring specific guidance on assessing, initiating, funding and carrying-out such schemes.


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This publication is the result of a combined effort by the consortium members from the "Ecoflood Project: Towards natural flood reduction strategies" which has been funded in the context of the Environment and Sustainable Development RTD programme (EC contract EVK1-CT-2002-80017).

It is the product of three main events held during the project: The Ecoflood International Conference: Towards natural flood reduction strategies, 6-13 September 2003, Warsaw, Poland. The Ecoflood International Stakeholder Workshop: Practical constraints and opportunities, 23-24 January 2004, Delft, The Netherlands. The Ecoflood Thinktank Meeting, 28-30 June 2004, Egham, UK.

The main objective of these guidelines is to promote the use of floodplains as natural flood defence measures, while at the same time optimising other compatible functions and values through conservation and restoration.

It is intended that these guidelines will be used as a tool primarily by policy-makers and decision-makers who are aware of the potential advantages of floodplain restoration and management in the role of flood control, but may benefit from comprehensive guidance on assessing, initiating, funding and carrying-out such schemes as well as information on the other functions floodplains can perform. It is also intended that they will be an accessible source of information for a wide range of stakeholders with an interest in floodplain management.

Case studies are provided to illustrate the wide range of schemes that can be carried out and the degrees of success that have been achieved.

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