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Darmstadt, Germany

Frommer B.,INFRASTRUKTUR and UMWELT
Natural Hazards | Year: 2013

For the last five years, climate change has been increasingly perceived as a challenge for regional development. Compared to other nations, Germany is relatively 'safe', but the German regions are prone to different impacts of climate change; some of them might be positive but most will be negative in the long run. Strategic concepts are therefore needed to reduce the negative impacts and use the potential positive effects. Due to enforced research funding, several German regions are currently developing adaptation strategies within transdisciplinary research projects. Based on a comparative case study analysis of three of these projects, this paper looks for the benefits of resilience thinking in the context of climate change adaptation. The analysis shows that the case study regions try to increase their resilience to climate change by strengthening the properties of (1) resistance, (2) recovery and (3) creativity. But the discussion also reveals that only parts, certain sectors or subjects, of the region can increase their distinct resilience. Regional stakeholder networks as established within the case study regions can make a significant contribution to linking different sectors and levels of action. Therefore, this approach seems to be applicable for integrating the need for adaptation within the whole region. It is believed that the regionalized communication of potential climate change impacts raises awareness for climate change adaptation, helps to develop appropriate adaptation measures and encourages action. Hence, different approaches can indeed lead to more resilient structures. But the resilient society at regional level remains utopia. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht. Source


Gierk M.,Bundesministerium fur Umwelt | Heiland P.,INFRASTRUKTUR and UMWELT | Stratenwerth T.,Bundesministerium fur Umwelt
WasserWirtschaft | Year: 2011

Germany is part of six international River Basins. For those the implementation of the European Flood Risk Management Directive (2007/60/EG) requests cross border coordination with all neighbouring countries. In November 2010 the second German Federal/State Workshop took place aiming at discussions about coordination as well as to review chances of harmonization approaches. Representatives of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the German Federal States, International River Commissions and guests from neighbouring countries worked two days on joint messages. Source


Friedeheim L.,Hydrotec Ingenieurgesellschaft fur Wasser und Umwelt mbH | Heiland P.,INFRASTRUKTUR and UMWELT | Buschhuter E.,Ministerium fur Klimaschutz
WasserWirtschaft | Year: 2013

The Ministry of Environment of the federal state Northrhine-Westfalia coordinates the implementation of the EU floods directive in the state's different river basins. To ensure a similar quality of the plans as well as similar participation standards the Ministry has started a coordination and quality management process in 2010. Within this process guidelines and formats are being developed for the regional planning activities. It includes the coordination and the data management for flood risk maps and the planning processes for the Flood Risk Management Plans. The standards and guidance documents are presented here by the contracted consultancies. Source


Processing of flood risk management plans in Baden-Württemberg aims at supporting different stakeholders in implementing necessary measures. Therefore, between 2010 and 2012 in cooperation with relevant stakeholders a set of tools has been developed to support planning as well as implementation. All activities are based on state-wide appropriate objectives for the management of flood risks, a state-wide catalogue of measures and a uniform process to identify and prioritise necessary measures. Flood partnerships are an integral part of flood risk management in Baden-Württemberg. The overall objective is to increase risk awareness, to involve stakeholder in the planning process and to initiate activities. Source


Grafe M.,Sachsisches Landesamt fur Umwelt | Heiland P.,Sachsisches Landesamt fur Umwelt | Goerigk A.,INFRASTRUKTUR and UMWELT | Kuhl A.,Sachsisches Staatsministerium des Innern
WasserWirtschaft | Year: 2010

One key subject of the EU Flood Directive is to manage flood risk under holistic assessment of the entire river basins. Beyond the formal administrative cooperation by the international river commissions, and the improvement of the daily cooperation of the regional agencies, all regional responsible bodies in the Elbe River basin work together in a basin wide project on risk assessment and adaptation measures development. The project is partially financed by the EU funding program INTERREGIV B central. In this framework 20 partner organisations from Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary work jointly on flood risk mapping, flood risk management pilot actions, measures by spatial planning and measures of tourism and shipping to adapt to the existing and to future risks. The great chance of the project is the cooperation of the international and interdisciplinary team of project partners (spatial planning, water management, urban development, tourism) analysing and developing solutions to joint challenges and risks. Source

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