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Integrated Flood Risk Management in Mountain Areas: Assessing Sectoral Interdependencies, Conflicts and Options for Policy Coordination

Project Leader
Seher Walter, Project Leader
Duration:
01.04.2019-31.03.2022
Programme:
Earth System Sciences (ESS)
Type of Research
Basic Research
Project partners
Bundesanstalt für Agrarwirtschaft und Bergbauernfragen, Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Klaus Wagner;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Hohensinner Severin, Sub Projectleader
Nordbeck Ralf, Sub Projectleader
Herrnegger Mathew, Sub Projectleader
Löschner Lukas, Project Staff
Junger Lena, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
Institute of Hydrobiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Management (IHG)
Institute of Hydrology and Watermanagement
Institute of Spatial Planning, Environmental Planning and Land Rearrangement (IRUB)
Subproject(s):
POCO-FLOOD - Reconstruction of historical land cover and river morphology (POCO-FLOOD WP2)
Subproject(s):
Integrated Flood Risk Management in Mountain Areas: Assessing Sectoral Interdependencies, Conflicts and Options for Policy Coordination (POCO-FLOOD)
Funded by
Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Dr. Ignaz- Seipel Platz, 1010 Wien, Austria
Abstract
The project PoCo-FLOOD investigates the issue of policy coordination, which arises from the on-going paradigmatic shift in flood policies from flood defense to integrated flood risk management (IFRM). Specifically, the project explores interdependencies, conflicts and options for policy coordination between the sectors flood protection, hydropower (energy), agriculture and spatial planning. As these sectors play a fundamental role concerning both flood hazard prevention and flood risk mitigation in mountain areas, PoCo-FLOOD investigates the challenges and opportunities of policy coordination for these particular fields of interaction in three in-depth case studies. The first case, (“Flood Retention in the Headwaters”) focuses on hydropower dams in alpine catchments and the possibilities/limitations of coordinated policies to attenuate peak floods. The second case (“Flood Storage on Agricultural Land”) focuses on the growing need to provide agricultural areas for temporary flood storage and the possibilities/limitations of coordinated policies to provide upstream flood retention services for downstream beneficiaries. The third case (“Flood Protection and Land Development”) analyses the reciprocal relation between flood protection schemes and spatial planning policies and the possibilities/limitations of coordinated policies to mitigate the increase in damage potential in flood-protected areas.
Through the in-depth analysis of the three fields of interaction PoCo-FLOOD pursues the following objectives: (i) to improve the understanding of the sectoral interrelations, which arise from the shift towards IFRM; (ii) to broaden the knowledge and evidence base concerning the limitations and the conflicts of interest of enhancing policy coherence in IFRM, and (iii) to co-develop together with stakeholders and policy representatives options for coordinated flood policies. The project addresses these objectives through a combined research approach based on interdisciplinary research and stakeholder engagement (transdisciplinarity). The research team brings together five scientific disciplines of strong relevance for the proposed research topic (spatial planning and land rearrangement, hydrology and water management, agriculture, river morphology, and political science). Through a series of stakeholder workshops the project combines knowledge from various user domains with the aim of supporting policy-making and addresses the growing need for better integration of science and decision-making.
Keywords
Hydrology; Risk research; River engineering; Hydraulic engineering; Agricultural economics; Policy analysis; Cultural landscape research; Landscape planning; Regional planning; Spatial research; Spatial structure;
Alpine spatial planning; Catchment based flood management; Historical fluvial morphology; Flood risk management; Policy coordination;
Publications

Löschner, L; Herrnegger, M; Hohensinner, S; Niedermayr, J; Nordbeck, R; Seher, W; Wagner, K; Wesemann, J (2019): Flood risk management in mountain regions: a policy coordination perspective.
[General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union, Vienna, AUSTRIA, APRIL 7-12, 2019]

In: European Geosciences Union, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 21, EGU2019-7611 FullText

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