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A European Flood Action programme

Information exchange on floods - key links

An important component of the EU action programme on Flood risk management is the exchange of information. These links show some key onging work on floods as well as opportunities of funding for flood related activities.

Research on floods


EU Funding possibilities for flood related projects

  • Structural and cohesion funds : Making the Structural & Cohesion Funds Water Positive, a document by the European Network of Environmental authorities (ENEA), February 2006, can be downloaded here.
  • Common Agricultural Policy includes support for agri-environmental measures as rural development projects, which can contribute to flood related projects.
  • A number of pre-accession funds such as SAPARD can provide funding for flood-related projects.
  • European Union Solidarity Fund can respond in a rapid, efficient and flexible manner to come to the aid of any Member State in the event of a major natural disaster.
  • The LIFE programme can fund implementation projects.


Flood protection and International River Basin Commissions

In a number of river basins, the countries bordering these rivers have established bodies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to river basin management. In many of these river basins flood protection plans have been developed, or are being developed. Below you will find links to four of the most active River Basin Commissions in Europe.

River Basin Commission

Web address


Elbe River

Czech, German




Oder River

Czech, English, German, Polish

Meuse River

Dutch, French, German

Rhine River

Dutch, English, French, German