Interreg IIIB is a EU project that aims to promote greater integration and cooperation within the EU. As a result of transnational cooperation, facilitated by national, regional and local authorities, large groups, better integrated within the EU, would eventually be formed. EU regions, but also neighbouring areas, are eligible for the project. Interreg IIIB takes into account the experience gathered in the Interreg IIC project, community policies and the recommendations made in the European Spatial Development Plan. In terms of actions, the main priorities of the project are to transpose regional strategies to a transnational level (including cooperation between urban and rural areas), facilitate communication between peripheral area or islands and other areas (by developing effective and sustainable transport systems), and promote the protection of the environment and resources (especially water resources). Additionally, the project would facilitate better economic integration and cooperation between the formed regions and also improve connections to other regions of the world.
The Interreg IIIB programs/regions are the following: Alpine Space, Archimed, Atlantic Area, Baltic Sea Region, CADSES (Central, Adriatic, Danubian and South-East Europe), Northern Periphery, North-Sea Region, South-West Europe, North-West Europe, Western Mediterranean, Açores-Madeira-Canarias, Reunion, and the Caribbean Space.
FLAPP is a EU funded project which facilitates partnership formation between regional and local actors in European river systems. The FLAPP network allows partners to exchange information regarding successful flood management methods. Regional and local experts are able to share information regarding flood forecasting and calamity management, flood prevention by structural and spatial measures, communication and public flood awareness, and limiting the damage generated by floods. Cross-border cooperation is encouraged. The project seeks to develop long term strategies for managing river and streams while protecting the environment and European communities and economies. FLAPP partners have created a series of recommendations concerning flood management in Europe, for local and regional governments, national governments and the European Union.
Action 4336 comes as a result of the extreme weather conditions experienced in Europe in the last few years. The aim of Action 4336 is to develop EU wide methodologies that would complement national strategies when it comes to information systems for the prevention of weather caused natural disasters (particularly floods caused by rivers). There is cooperation between the Action and international river conventions (IKSO, IKSE and IKSD). This is because prevention and forecasting studies on trans-national floods and other such disasters should look at river basins in their entirety, and not be limited to administrative boundaries. The objectives of Action 4336 are the following: to develop and test a pre-operational pan-European Flood Alert System (EFAS) with a focus on the Elbe and Danube river basins; to evaluate flood defense and mitigation plans for the Elbe and Danube catchments through scenario modeling; to develop a framework on Sustainable Urban Development and Integrated Management of extreme events; to offer scientific and technical support for a European approach in case of other weather related disasters, besides floods; to support the European Spatial Development Perspective.
The aim of the project AWARE is to increase transnational cooperation and improve communication between cross-border regions during and after natural and man-made disasters. The project seeks to raise awareness and reduce the vulnerability of people in areas stricken by disasters by facilitating communication. The AWARE project is based on structural approach. It does not take into account only communicating information to the population, but also communication between local and regional authorities and also cross border communication during and after a disaster. The project aims to achieve sustainability and an assurance of quality in the field. The project is co-funded by Interreg.
Project Safecoast is an initiative that provides coastal managers with the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences in order to better manage flood risks. This knowledge database gives an overview of relevant web resources and documents regarding climate change, flooding, coastal management, research and policy. The initiative comes as a result of possible climate change and its effects on coastal areas, such as flooding, severe storms etc.
COMRISK is a joint project of the North Sea coastal authorities. Its main purpose is to improve risk management in areas prone to flooding. This is done through the transfer of knowledge, methods and also pilot studies. Through this project, the North Sea coastal authorities seek to bring together coastal defense experts from different fields; exchange experiences; to evaluate and develop integrated risk management strategies; to support transnational cooperation; to integrate coastal risk management into strategies for sustainable management of the North Sea Region. The project is co-funded by the Interreg IIIB EU initiative.
The ComCoast project seeks to develop and demonstrates pioneering solutions for flood protection in coastal areas. It focuses in particular on coastal areas comprising embankments. The management schemes developed by ComCoast create a more gradual transition from sea to land, thus benefiting the coastal community and the environment and while protecting local economies. The main aims of ComCoast are to provide economical and sustainable alternatives to the traditional single line flood defense strategy through innovative ideas, new methodologies and technical solutions; to provide for both flood management and multifunctional land use; to be flexible and responsive to the needs of coastal areas. Additionally, the project seeks to share knowledge with other organizations/projects dealing in the North Sea. The project is co-funded by the Interreg IIIB EU initiative.
The ENCORA initiative aims to enhance the links between coastal communities. The project aims to create a network where knowledge and experiences can be shared by coastal scientists, policy makers and practitioners. The initiative hopes to take advantage of the (until now unused) large scale of the European community. In order to do so the ENCORA project will create the following structures: national coordination offices to facilitate cooperation and knowledge sharing, thematic coordination offices to evaluate existing knowledge, an ENCORA network office for overall coordination, the ENCORA portal to facilitate the search of expertise on the participants' websites. There are also several network services (database, search mechanism, forum etc) offered to coastal practitioners free of charge.
The main aim of FLOODsite is to provide knowledge and stimulate research in the area of flood risk management. Flood risk management is a process that gives attention to pre-flood prevention, risk mitigation measures and preparedness, and also measures taken pre and during flooding. The project covers the varied characteristics and effects of flooding: physical, environmental, ecological and socio-economic. FLOODsite is a European Union project.
FEMA's (the United State's Federal Management Agency) main objective is to prevent the loss of lives and property caused by natural disasters but also man made disasters, while actively supporting a comprehensive emergency management system. This means that FEMA provides information and advice (to both organizations and the public) which is essential in all the phases of a disaster: preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation. The FEMA websites provides information regarding the following disasters: chemical, dam failure, earthquake, fire and wild fire, flood, heat, hurricane, landslide, nuclear accidents, tornadoes, tsunami, storms, thunderstorms, volcanoes, hazardous material and terrorist acts.
The Emergency Planning College, part of the British Civil Contingencies Secretariat is the British government's main centre for the organization of seminars, workshops and courses and also information dissemination concerning crisis management and emergency planning. The college encourages and hosts dynamic programs that would enhance cooperation between various actors interested in the field.
CEMAC is a Belgian centre of expertise in emergency preparedness, crisis management and crisis communications.
UK Resiliance is a governmental website which aims to provide information that would reduce the risk from emergencies. The website is aimed at civil protection practitioners and provides them with information and advice regarding emergency preparedness, emergency response and recovery, and specific guidelines for various types of emergencies.
HKV is a Dutch independent consultancy firm concerned with water, water management and water emergency related safety issues. They offer advice in a large range of issues, from small scale projects to multinational ones.
(There is a reference to the English version on the front page, else www.brs.dk/uk/index.htm)
The Emergency Management Agency is a governmental agency under the Ministry of the Defence. According to the Danish Preparedness Act the principal task of the Emergency Management Agency is to manage the National Rescue Preparedness Corps, to supervise the national and municipal rescue preparedness and to advice the authorities on matters of preparedness. The national rescue preparedness has a staff of some 600 persons. About 170 of these are employed in the central Emergency Management Agency. The rest are employed at the Agency’s seven rescue centres and three schools.
Special features from the website (in English):
Pamphlets on crisis management in Denmark
Fact sheets about DEMA
DHI is an independent, international consulting and research organisation.
Objectives are to advance technological development and competence within the fields of water, environment and health.
A wide range of consulting services and leading edge technologies, software tools, chemical/biological laboratories and physical model test facilities as well as field surveys and monitoring programmes.
Special features from the website (in English):
Advertising for real-time flood forecasting product MIKE FLOOD
Falck is a Nordic-based private organisation with activities in most areas of Europe and with representation on three continents. The four business areas: Healthcare, Assistance, Training and Emergency together make up Falck’s business. All of Falck’s activities are directed at preventing accidents and disease, at providing assistance in situations of emergency, accidents or need, and at helping people move on with their lives after illness or an accident.
The Danish Coastal Authority (Kystdirektoratet) – a division of the Ministry of Transport and Energy – is the state advisory body on coastal protection. The Danish Coastal Authority constructs and maintains state coast protection on the west coast of Jutland. Other assignments are harbour operation, dredging and storm surge alerts for the west coast of Jutland and the Wadden Sea Area.
Special features from the website (in Danish):
Description of Storm Flood Alert System in Denmark
The Storm Council (Stormrådet) decides on matters of compensation according to the Law on Storm Flood and Storm Fall.
The Danish Meteorological Institute is organised under the Ministry of Transport and Energy. Among many duties DMI is in charge of the early warning system.
(There is a reference to the English version on the front page)
The Danish Civil Protection League is a non-profit organisation working for the safety of the civil population. The league advances from the willingness of The Danish citizens to volunteer for the rescue preparedness in Denmark.
The Danish Civil Protection league aims to be the uniting groundwork for the volunteers engaged in the municipal or the national rescue preparedness. The league also serves support members. Moreover the League aims to increase the knowledge of preparedness and prevention among the population and through the education of the population to increase their level of self-preservation and robustness.
The Taskforce Management on Flooding (TMO in Dutch) is instituted by the Dutch government to prepare their country in a better way for the effects of a flood.
The Netherlands are insufficiently "ready" for a flood disaster. That's why the government gave the Taskforce (TMO) a series of assignments to improve the organisation concerning a flood disaster.
Learn more about this on their website.