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Ss3 Overview Of Flood Risk Management In Europe: Implementation Of The Floods Directive In Spain

World Water Congress 2015 Edinburgh Scotland
Special session 3: Climate change
Author(s): Carlos M. Escartín
Carlos M. Escartín
Deputy Director of Integrated Water Management
Water Directorate, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Spain




Flood damage in Europe in last years
Flood damage in Spain

Floods are the main natural disaster source in Spain. Their influence has been evaluated and the analysis has revealed that losses due to floods account for more than 60% of the total in the Spanish territory, with a total losses over 800 million euros per year. The compensation paid by the Insurance Compensation Consortium for flood damages to insured goods in the last few years are shown in the box below:
The Directive on assessment and management of flood risks

The Floods Directive PFRA / APSFR
Flood hazard and risk maps
Legally regulated riverine area under the Spanish Water Law
Flood hazard and risk maps results
Flood risk management plans

  • Collaboration among all Administrations is already bearing significant fruit
  • The production and public availability of flood hazard and risk maps is going to be a milestone for Administrations’ actions, specially as regards those related to land-use and urban planning
  • The flood risk management plans should include appropriate measures, addressed to all the stages of the cycle of risk management, in order to achieve their objectives 


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