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1 Régis THEPOT Chief Executive Officer of Etablissement Public Loire 3 rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009 Integrated River Basin Management of the Loire river From conflict to stakeholder involvement

2 Loire river basin Etablissement public Loire The Plan Loire grandeur nature. From conflict to skakeholder involvement 3 rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

3 Area: km² Length : km Very irregular flow 3 rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

4 Upper part of the basin 3 rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

5 The Middle Loire Amboise Angers Orléans Nevers 3 rd Yangtze Forum – April 2009 Nuclear plant

6 Levees, breaches and spillways in in the middle Loire 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

7 2003’s flood (middle Loire) 1949’s draught 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

8 Downstream Loire 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

9 . 6 Regions. 16 Departments. 18 Cities Etablissement Public Loire A Public Institution gathering local communities at the river basin level 3 rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

10 A tool for solidarity and subsidiarity at river basin level Area of competence Operating two dams Naussac and Villerest Role of EP Loire Flood prevention Water ressources management Water Local development 3 rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

11 Dams of Villerest and Naussac 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

12 Plan Loire grandeur nature From conflict to stakeholder involvement Description of the Plan Presentation of 3 examples in the flood prevention field 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

13 Plan Loire grandeur nature main contractors Initialy a top-down approach Was decided by the governement in 1994 after fierce ecological conflicts concerning the construction of dams Duration : initially 10 years prolonged to M€ / 3 billion RMB 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009 Serre de la Fare Main Objectives - integrated management of the Loire river basin - a joint approach associating involved actors and scientific assessment

14 Plan Loire A top-down and bottom up approach Based on the EU WFD and the Aarhus convention : - global assessment of Plan Loire consultation in 2006 of the stakeholders in order to elaborate a strategic document defining shared stakes - organization of regional and thematic meetings on the whole Loire basin - dedicated website forum 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

15 Global budget : 400 M€ / 4 billions RMB 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

16 Safety of population facing flood risks Managing water resources Restoring natural aquatic ecosystem and wetlands Enhancing the Loire valley heritage Developing research and data exchanges 5 key fields of action in rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

17 Flood prevention - Risk mapping - Monitoring of the expansion of urban areas in floodplains - Reinforcing the means for warning systems - Evacuation plans - Development measures – Mitigation policy 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

18 3 examples in the flood prevention field illustrating the stakeholder involvement At the river basin scale, an « industrial » approach aimed at reducing the vulnerabilty to flooding for the economic activities -In the middle Loire Joint planning approach -Testing a flood risk management plan

19 Example 1 : An « industrial » approach aimed at reducing the vulnerabity to flooding In the middle Loire companies are in flood prone areas, and within 2013 : 3000 companies will have carried out an assessment of their vulnerability and taken actions to reduce it 900 companies, sectors and activity zones will have implemented effective and urgent measures to reduce their vulnerability

20 Middle Loire risk assessment 240 towns and villages inhabitants accomodations companies employments ha for agriculture Estimated damages: 10 billion € (100 billion RNB) Flooding similar to the major desasters of the 19 th century (1846,1856, 1866) would threaten : 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

21 Middle Loire flood prevention strategy Designed in 1999 Based on a three-pronged approach, being implemented parallel : Telemetry network PredictionPrevention Protection Spillway 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009

22 Example 2 : Joint Planning approach in middle Loire A product of Dutch, French and German on the European project «Freude am Fluss » lead partner Radboud University Nijmegen 6 steps : mutual learning ; shared visioning ; rules and institutions ; exploring joint options ; joint design ; implementation Method now used by the governement and EP Loire to implement the flood prevention strategy

23 Example 3 : Testing a flood risk management plan A new EU directive on evaluating and managing flood risks (October 2007) A test area for the french Ministry of Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Spatial Planning and EP Loire

24 3rd Yangtze Forum – Shanghai – April 2009 To get more information

25 Conclusions Plan Loire Grandeur : born out of a conflict about dam construction 15 years later in many fields an example of stakeholder involvement The sustainable development of a river basin is not Utopia

26 See you soon along the Loire river !


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