Upcoming Webinar – Flood Resilience of Private Properties (28 January – 1:30 pm)!

IWRA’s next webinar will focus on the “Flood resilience of private properties”, taking place on Tuesday, January 28th from 13:30 to 14:15 CET.

This 45-minute event will explore how flooding continues to present substantial risk to cities.  In dealing with floods, resilience has become yet another buzzword in the academic debate.  Thereby, the flood-resilient city is often discussed in terms of preparing public spaces for inundations and quick recovery.  However, most of the damage occurs on private properties.  Private owners may not be aware of flooding risk or of the means to reduce vulnerability.  They may also face insufficient incentive to undertake property level mitigation measures.  Innovative policies at the nexus of spatial planning and water management, such as a Floodlabel for buildings, may be able to overcome such barriers to action.  In light of the above, the roles and legal responsibilities and liabilities of private homeowners, but also the state and other actors need to be evaluated.

Participation is free and open to all.  Audience questions are encouraged.

This webinar therefore brings together scholars from different countries and disciplines to discuss how to best stimulate homeowners so that they take the initiative to implement property-level flood protection measures on their homes.


  • The effects of tailor-made flood risk advice for homeowners in Flanders, Belgium 
  • More than a one-size-fits-all approach – tailoring flood risk communication to plural residents’ perspectives 
  • Deconstructing the legal framework for flood protection in Austria: individual and state responsibilities from a planning perspective
  • Sticks and carrots for reducing property-level risks from floods: an EU–US comparative perspective


  • Peter Davids, Gent University, Belgium
  • Sally Priest, Middlesex University, United Kingdom
  • Magdalena Rauter, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences,  Austria
  • Karin Snel, Utrecht University, The Netherlands 

Moderator: Scott McKenzie, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia


This webinar results from the project on “Preparing urban private property for floods: resilience and recovery in built up areas” of the “FUTURE DELTAS” programme of Utrecht University, with Thomas Hartmann, Willemijn Doorn-Hoekveld, Marleen van Rijswick and Tejo Spit as main investigators.  It is also linked to the EU COST Action LAND4FLOOD on Natural Flood Retention on Private Land (CA16209, www.land4flood.eu). The webinar is embedded in the final conference of the JPI Urban Europe project FLOODLABEL (www.floodlabel.eu).

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