FLOODLABEL: A smart tool for governance towards flood-resilient cities

Floods are one of the most significant hazards in Europe. 

Extreme inundations threaten urban living in cities.

To protect cities from flooding and other types of inundations, traditional government-led flood protection needs to be complemented by homeowners’ adaptation. Now, especially homeowners lack risk awareness, and knowledge of measures and triggers to take action. This project aims to design, test and implement a smart governance tool—the FLOODLABEL—in urban living labs. This prototype tool serves to inform homeowners about their individual flood risks and to support the planning and decision-making of experts and local governments to achieve more flood-resilient cities.

 

 

Floodlabel for Iran

Floods in dry regions of the world

The underestimated risk

Managing flood risks in dry regions of the world is particular challenging.

In contrast to droughts, hazards from flooding are often neglected due to the low annual rainfall.

The lack in knowledge, awareness and preparedness to floods on private and public level in combination with potentially poor building design, poor spatial planning and rare events of heavy rains lead to an underestimated flood risk.

In order increase flood resilience, the floodlabel concept aims to lower flood risks by actively integrating the population under risk.  

The HKC is part of the cooperative project “Sustainable strategies and technologies for flood risk management in arid and semi-arid regions” (HOWAMAN).

The project is lead by the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management of the RWTH Aachen University. 

All project partners are shown in the list below:

  • Institure of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management,     RWTH Aachen
  • Institute for Water and Waste Management at RWTH Aachen e. V.
  • Institute for Sociology, RWTH Aachen
  • Research group Flood Risk Management, University of applied  sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
  • Kisters AG, Business Unit Water
  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Segment for Hydrogeology and Water Management
  • HochwasserKompetenzCentrum e.V. 

 

HOWAMAN is financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), under the programm "Research for Civil Security".

Within the project scope of the HKC, the floodlabel concept is transferred and adapted to these conditions.

Further program information can be found under the following links:

www.sicherheitsforschungsprogramm.de

www.sifo.de

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Floodlabel for Ghana

Improve flood prevention and coping systems in Ghana

 

 

Ghana is one of the countries in West Africa most affected by flooding. In addition to the annual flooding events, Ghana is subject to many flood-induced cascade effects, resulting in the collapse of critical infrastructure.The effectiveness of risk management is deficient due to the existing risk management infrastructure and governance structures.

The HKC is part of the cooperative project "Participatory assessment of flood disaster prevention and development of an adapted coping system in Ghana - PARADeS“. The project is lead by the Department of Geography, University of Bonn.

The PARADeS project aims to contribute towards enhancing Ghana’s  flood disaster risk reduction and management strategy by investigating existing flood risk and disaster management to reduce the risk and increase the security of the society. Within the project scope of the HKC, the floodlabel concept is transferred and adapted to these conditions.

PARADeS is financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), under the program Research for Civil Security“.

 

 

Project partners

Germany

  • Department of Geography, Research group Eco-Hydrology and Water Resource Management, University of Bonn
  • Research group Environmental Policy, University of Freiburg
  • Research group Flood Risk Management, University of applied  sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
  • HochwasserKompetenzCentrum e.V. (HKC)

Ghana

  • West African Science Service Center on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL)
  • Water Resources Commission (WRC)
  • National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO)

 

In cooperation with

  • MIASA Centre for Advanced Studies (CAS), University of Ghana
  • Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK)

 

Case studies areas

Accra - pluvial and coastal floods

Kumasi - pluvial and fluvial floods

Volta river basin - fluvial floods

 

 

 

Further program information can be found under the following links:

www.sicherheitsforschungsprogramm.de

www.sifo.de