Floods in the Danube River Basin: Flood risk mitigation for people through wetlands restoration

Posted on 15 November 2006  | 
The aim of this working paper is to review the 2006 flood events and their devastating effects along the Danube and its selected tributaries, highlighting the importance of floodplain protection and restoration in order to mitigate flood risks. The paper also provides an overview of the physical restoration potential of four areas along the Lower Danube Green Corridor1 (LDGC) further referred to in the paper as case studies.

The paper aims to provide background information for political discussions and to shape the political debate towards a more sustainable flood risk management.

Based on the findings of the paper WWF makes a number of recommendations for:

1. EU institutions and other international bodies such as the International
Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR),

2. national governments, in particularly of the new EU Member States
and of the EU Candidate Countries (e.g. Romania and Bulgaria) and

3. insurance companies and individuals.
The only sustainable solution to reduce the risk of further devastating floods is to work with nature, rather than against it.
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