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Participation in Flood risk Management: An introduction and recommendations for implementation
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Centre for Climate and Safety.
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Involving interested parties in Flood Risk Management is a crucial and challenging issue. The implementation of the European Flood Directive requires the active participation of stakeholders. But how can this be achieved successfully? This publication gives a brief overview of participation issues in Flood Risk Management in order to prepare for and to assist participatory processes. It provides a synopsis of key issues, findings of literature research and project results in (public) participation in the field of water and flood risk management. 

The focus here is on general aspects of (public) participation. This publication describes an understanding of what participation is and gives some definitions of relevant terms. Furthermore the question “why is participation important?” is considered and reasons for and against participation and potential barriers are described. Guidelines for the key questions that should be addressed before a participation process is started are offered and different working steps are explained. Finally, some examples of methods and tools for participation are described.

However, this short description can only give an overview and orientation of this broad field. In fact, each project and process has to be adapted to the respective situation and conditions. Nevertheless, this brochure might contribute to the participatory process in Flood Risk Management and help to involve interested parties as required by the EU Floods Directive.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2012. , 20 p.
Centrum för klimat och säkerhet, Rapport, 2012:1
Keyword [en]
participation, flood risk management, floods directive
National Category
Communication Studies Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources Physical Geography Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-8383ISBN: 978-91-7063-384-3OAI: diva2:442763
Available from: 2011-09-22 Created: 2011-09-22 Last updated: 2015-12-29Bibliographically approved

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