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1 What needs to happen to cope with increased flood risk British Council: Rumania Turkey VC Merylyn Hedger Climate Change Policy Manager

2 Outline Why increased flood risk? Solutions and Responses Barriers to overcome

3 Rhine at Mainz, Germany... two extremes in one year ! August 14th, 2003 Gauge: 1.63 m Minimum 1949: 1.10 m January 6th, 2003 Gauge: 6.30 m Maximum 1882: 7.70 m

4 Elbe Flood 2002 Road between Bitterfeld and Eilenburg, Saxony

5 River flooding events About 100 (river) floods: 700 fatalities, displacement of half a million people and 25 billion EUR in insured economic losses Data-source: EEA, 2004

6 Precipitation change: HadCM3 A2a Global mean temperature change Enter: Global climate change... Source: Arnell (2004)

7 Projected precipitation changes in 2080 Precipitation is projected to increase in northern Europe but decrease in southern Europe More frequent droughts and intense precipitation events are likely Data-source: Hadley Centre HadCM3 model, B2 scenario

8 Responses flood warning schemes different land management build defences reduce greenhouse gases

9 National/Regional press advertising

10 Stencil and Phonebox (Bi-lingual)

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12 Room for rivers – floodplain reactivation Investigation extended to 30 possible retention areas Driving forces of developing new approach Growing demands in the floodplains for an increased flood safety Changing land use preferences upon integration with the EU extensive farming will be preferred instead of intensive on some 1 million hectares of land growing awareness of nature conservation (i. e. renaturalisation of river corridors) Different flood safety to meet different flood risks

13 Paull Holme Strays - the first tide enters the site

14 Paull Holme Strays: the breach

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16 The future view for London?

17 Addressing the causes: reducing fossil fuel emissions

18 Problems to address Political will- need to get public support- How?? People need more information- what sorts? Where should priorities for action be??


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