Integrated flood risk management

Therefore, the purpose of the present bulletin is to give guidance in integrated flood risk management to people assigned technically or managerially with the task of flood management and control. Without giving preference for any method, the bulletin aims to describe the fundamental knowledge needed for flood management according to the current state-of-the art and to provide help in selecting the most appropriate design and implementation strategy, based on basin-specific characteristics and the framework of integrated flood risk management.


The prerequisites for all flood management are the understanding of flood characteristics and how to calculate both the magnitude and frequency of floods. Equally essential are the understanding of the impacts of floods, both negative and positive, and how to quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate these. The knowledge of flood characteristics and impacts is a fundamental input to the risk analysis, which forms the basis for integrated flood management.