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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2022

Land Policy for Flood Risk Management-Toward a New Working Paradigm

Potocki, K.; Hartmann, T.; Slavikova, L.; Collentine, D.; Veidemane, K.; Raska, P.; Barstad, J.; Evans, R.


Flood risk management (FRM) aims to integrate necessary technical measures with environmental and societal approaches. Focusing on the process and governance of how to plan, implement, and maintain solutions therefore becomes essential. Among the different stakeholders, landowners are a key group to be considered. This contribution elaborates on the interconnections between land policy, FRM and private land ownership. It is based on the European COST Action network LAND4FLOOD, which brings together academics and stakeholders from various disciplines and more than 35 countries. We argue for a less project oriented and more process oriented approach, a focus on land management and more emphasis on small-scale measures. This represents a break with some of the recent working paradigms of FRM.


flood risk management; land management; land policy; scale; process; governance

Published in

Earth's Future
2022, volume: 10, number: 4, article number: e2021EF002491

Authors' information

Potocki, K.
University of Zagreb
Hartmann, T.
Dortmund University of Technology
Slavikova, L.
University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Soil and Environment
Veidemane, K.
Baltic Environmental Forum
Raska, P.
University of Jan Evangelista Purkyne
Barstad, J.
University College for Green Development
Evans, R.
University College for Green Development

Sustainable Development Goals

SDG13 Climate action

UKÄ Subject classification

Environmental Management

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