Central and Eastern Europe

Focus on Reducing the Vulnerability to Flash Floods

 In collaboration with the GWP Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE), a pilot project in the Central and Eastern Europe has focused on the preparation of a status of the impacts of - and responses to various flood events with a focus on flash floods. Twelve events from seven countries were studied and published in form of a summary report. The following countries have reported events and thus contributed to a better understanding of the nature of the events as well as the available coping mechanisms: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.


Download the Summary Report: Study of Historical Floods in Central and Eastern Europe from an Integrated Flood Management Viewpoint (PDF) (2.4MB)

Download the flood event studies for each country: click here


 In a second phase of this pilot project, identified gaps in the flood management practices identified through the earlier study have been adressed in selected pilot areas. The project aims in this phase at increasing community resilience to cope with the effects of flash floods especially under the circumstance where early warnings are not readily and timely available. The project addresses various aspects of the flash floods including the warning system in place and their effectiveness up till the ex-post measures taken. The project involves local communities in three selected pilot areas in Poland, Romania, and Slovak Republic.

Under the project title "Forward Integration of Flood Warning in Areas prone to Flash Floods" the three components were implemented. The experiences made in the three pilot areas are available in separate reports below. 

 Guidance on Flash Flood Management

Based on the pilot projects and available literature, the report "Guidance on Flash Flood Management - Recent experiences from Central and Eastern Europe"seeks to synthesize and, as far as possible, conceptualize the approach that can be taken to address the issue of flash floods both on the national and (for flash floods most importantly) on the lower administrative scales of districts and communities. As such, the report may serve as a tool to reach out to local communities, mayors, emergency services on various administrative scales and the National Hydrological and Meteorological Services on broader scales to maximize the impact of this initiative towards a significant reduction of the vulnerability of flash flood affected communities and the associated deaths and misery.

Download the full report: click here (PDF) (2.6MB)

See also the full documentation of the Regional Workshop "Community Preparedness and Public Participation for Flash Flood Management in Europe"

 First pilot area is located in the South-West of Poland in the Klodzko Valley


Implementation of a Flash Flood Warning System for Inhabitants and Users of Flood Plain Areas in the Klodzko Valley, Poland

Submitted by the Global Water Partnership-Poland

Download the full report: click here (PDF) (2.6MB)

Related link: Safe Gorzanow - Set of information concerning local flood issues originated mainly from APFM project results, published on the 'Society of Friends of Gorzanow' web page (in Polish lnaguage) click here (external link)

Second pilot area is located in the South-East of the Romanian part of the Carpathians in the Upper Teleajen Representative Basin (Cheia)


Forward Integration of Flood Warnings in Areas prone to Flash Floods - Romania

Submitted by the Global Water Partnership-Romania

Download the full report: click here (PDF) (1.7MB)

Project website (Romanian Language) click here (external link)

Third pilot area is located in the North-West of Slovakia in the Senica District around the town of Vrbovce

  Forward Integration of Flood Warnings in Areas prone to Flash Floods - Slovak Republic

Submitted by the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMI)

Download the full report: click here (PDF) (2.5MB)


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