NYITÓLAP
A MINISZTÉRIUM
AKTUÁLIS
ELÉRHETŐSÉGEK
ZÖLD-PONT SZOLGÁLAT
TÁRSADALMI KAPCSOLATOK
SZAKMAI HONLAPOK
 
Summary Expert meeting of the Visegrad 4 countries on flood protection
2009-12-11 09:32:48

Location:  Budapest – Ministry of Environment and Water, Central Directorate for Water and Environment

Date:   16-17. November 2009

Precedent:

The expert meeting was held within the framework of the Hungarian V4 Presidency organized by the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water and by the Hungarian Central Directorate for Water and Environment. One of the key topics of the Hungarian Presidency is strengthening environmental security in the region in particular in the field of flood protection. On this basis the experts discussed the recent state of the implementation of Directive 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks, and the methodology and the research results of flood hazard mapping and flood risk mapping. No expert level meeting was organized in this topic hitherto. The EU directive specifies that Member States shall undertake provision of a preliminary flood risk assessment, a flood hazard map, a flood risk map and a flood risk management plan to the Commission. The deadline for transposition of the mentioned Directive into national law is 26. November 2009. The deadline for providing the preliminary assessment is 22. December 2011. The deadline for providing the flood hazard maps and flood risk maps is 22. December 2013. The deadline for providing the flood risk management plans is 22. December 2015.
The list of the attendees is attached to the summary.

The conference:

Day 1: at the beginning of the meeting the experts discussed the methodology and the results of flood hazard mapping. Day 2:  the methodology and the results of flood risk mapping were discussed. Hungary is in the phase of finalizing the methodology.  Hungarian experts outlined and compared the requirements of the EU Directive and that of the Hungarian ones. The approaches regarding the different cases such as large rivers, small rivers and excess water were presented, as well as the different flood models (1D hydrodynamic model, 2D hydrodynamic model), the different levels of mapping, and the content and extension of these levels. The connection between the project parts was also demonstrated. The experts of the Czech Republic presented an overview about the recent state of the Flood Directive’s implementation, the legislative background, the methodological measures and further options for the international cooperation. The Czech methodology for the first step of implementation of the Flood Directive – Preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA) including proposals for limits for significant flood risk – was presented as a main actual task. The technical parameters of mapping, the structure of River Basin Management Plans and the effect of flash floods of June-July 2009 were outlined. The Polish expert introduced the main characteristics of the Polish water management, the arrangement of river basin districts, and the role of the central and local authorities in implementing the Directive. The Polish expert outlined the Polish flood prevention studies and underlined the differences. Concerning the flood hazard mapping and the flood risk mapping it is a Polish requirement to coordinate cross-border basin activities, to coordinate with other experts in relation to the Water Framework Directive and to ensure public participation in the planning process. The calculation of maximum annual flows was presented by type, scope area and methodology in the scrutinised, controlled and uncontrolled basins. The different models (numerical terrain model, analysis of national databases) and the different map structures were presented as well. The experts of Slovakia introduced the Hron river pilot project, the flood hazard mapping of Banská Bystrica, the project Vesna, the enhancement of flood management planning of Hornád basin, and the application of 1D and 2D models used in the mentioned cases. The Slovakian expert touched upon the cooperation possibilities of the V4 countries and presented the PLUSK information system which works under the umbrella of the Slovak-Polish cooperation on cross-border water courses (in compliance with the Water Framework Directive). The cooperation within the frame of the Transnational Co-operation Programme South East Europe, Central Europe and the cooperation on Ipel river basin and Slana river basin within the frame of the Hungary-Slovakia Cross-Border Cooperation Program 2007-2013 were also emphasized.

In line with the flood hazard mapping topic and the presentations, the following questions arose during the panel discussion:

  • Where to set the limit in case of different hazard zones;
  • How to consider the impacts of embankments on flood discharge areas  in the case of hazard maps;
  • How to present flood hazard maps;
  • How to represent the details (extent, depth and velocity)- Representing them on separate maps, or compile them on one single map;
  • How to assess significant flood risk (how to deal with PFRA) on the border rivers;
  • How to decide what state is responsible for preparing of flood hazard and risk mapping on the concrete border river stretch (depend on level of flood risk on the each state territory?);
  • How to simply share data between member states for preparing these maps (geodetic, hydrological, current and future land use, etc.);
  • How to prepare flood hazard and risk maps on the border river stretches (there are probable different scenarios, different hydrological data, different rules for presentation on the map on the each state, etc.).

In line with the flood risk mapping topic and the presentations, the following questions arose during the panel discussion:

  • How to consider the impacts of embankments on flood discharge areas  in the case of risk maps;
  • How to consider the impacts of the flood protection activities in the case of the risk map ;
  • What is the relationship between Flood Risk Management Plans and River Basin Management Plans;
  • To what extent can the ecological aspects be considered;
  • What are the cooperation possibilities in data collection between the different organizations

In line with the implementation of the Flood Directive and the presentations, the following general questions arose:

  • How the transposition of the Directive into national law is achieved;
  • What is the level of the national regulation (act, edict, decision)

Possible future cooperation guidelines proposed by the experts:

  1. Continuation of the expert meetings in rotation within the V4 countries – twice a year. Aim: Follow-up, and presentation of the state-of-play (HU)
  2. It is suggested defining precisely the structures of the future meetings: what are the questions to be answered, in which cases could the V4 partners act jointly, what is the scope of the possible V4 level cooperation etc. (HU)
  3. Enhancing a closer cooperation, strengthening the practical cooperation between V4 experts, initiating possible working visits on expert level. (HU)
  4. Suggestion of elaboration of a common V4 criteria system and coordination of the V4 country’s results. (HU)
  5. Other suggestions

Presentations of the meeting will be made available online at and could be downloaded from index.php?pid=10&sid=56&hid=2488
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Presentations of the meeting will be made available online at and could be downloaded from below

 

The presentations: