Transboundary River Governance Practices for Flood Risk Reduction in Europe: A Review

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Transboundary rivers cross borders and create interdependencies between places. To manage problems such as flooding within a transboundary river basin, actions must be integrated from upstream to downstream. This can pose several governance challenges. The project Mitigating Hydrometeorological Hazard Impacts Through Improved Transboundary River Management in the Ciliwung River Basin aims to inform plans for improved transboundary river governance to tackle flood risk in the Ciliwung River Basin, Indonesia. Based on the project’s conceptual framework, this chapter presents the key features of transboundary river and flood management related to three aspects: institutional, political and operational. To explore each feature in more depth, the chapter draws upon a literature review of the European region, asking what can be learned from transboundary flood management in Europe? Europe has many transboundary rivers and is apt to provide insights into the approaches taken and the challenges faced. The review reveals the benefits of a strong legal framework and coordinating institutions, but also several ongoing challenges including sectoral integration, participation and climate change adaptation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMulti-hazard Early Warning and Disaster Risks
EditorsDilanthi Amaratunga, Richard Haigh, Nuwan Dias
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783030730031
ISBN (Print)9783030730024, 9783030730055
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2021
EventInternational Symposium on Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction: To promote the availability and application of research, science and technology to support implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 - Virtual, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 14 Dec 202016 Dec 2020


ConferenceInternational Symposium on Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction
Country/TerritorySri Lanka
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