Posted on 6 August 2014
River flooding is the most destructive natural hazard in the Baltic Sea Basin in general and in Poland in particular. Flood risk management and flood resilience became major issues following the dramatic floods in Poland in 1997 and 2010, when dozens of people were killed.
The National Water management Authority (NWMA) now intends to reduce the potential negative impact on human life and health, the environment, the nation’s cultural heritage and economic activity.
A consortium of four parties has been asked to prepare comprehensive flood risk management plans. The flood risk plans will cover the whole of Poland and at least 15,000 km of the country’s rivers.
The partners in the consortium are the Polish Institute of Meteorology & Water Management (leading), the Danish consultancy firm DHI Group and two Dutch-based consultancy firms Arcadis and Grontmij.
- Assess all potential flood risks and to map those risks conform the European Flood directive.
- A cost/benefit analyses which will identify the most efficient measures to reduce flood risks along all Polish rivers.