Technical support for the preparation of Flood Risk Management Plans for Romania

Location: Romania                                 Client:  World Bank                                        Partner:  RPA 

We completed the development of flood risk management plan methodology for the second cycle of the Floods Directive in Romania. 

Challenge

The vision of the World Bank as client on this project, is to achieve integrated Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) for the second cycle of the Floods Directive, and to address deficiencies in the first cycle plans. Integration with green infrastructure, river basin management plans and complementary funding streams are part of this vision.

The short project programme and the timescale for implementation of the method, set a clear constraint to what the methodology could specify. 

The project also needed to align with parallel projects commissioned by the World Bank for developing methodologies for flood hazard and risk mapping, exposure data collection and development of damage functions and approaches. 

Solution

Our approach to the project embedded the concepts of climate change, integration with other programmes and green infrastructure within the methodology. 

The methodology includes flexible tools for applying multi-criteria analysis (MCA) and cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to initial concepts, using both qualitative and quantitative methods of scoring the potential benefit and impacts of flood risk management measures, as they are refined through flood modelling. 

The project programme and deliverable dates were met through careful project planning, and clear and timely communications with the project stakeholders and our client contact. Any potential issues or conflicts in the methodology were raised and discussed early, both with the client, the stakeholders and parallel project teams, so that they could be resolved prior to submission of the draft methodology. 

The COVID-19 travel restrictions demonstrated our team’s ability to communicate remotely via video conference.  

JASPERS (Joint Assistance to Support Projects in European Regions), as likely technical assistance partner for EU funding applications, was invited to take part in workshops to ensure compliance with EU funding requirements. 

The project deliverables included: 

  • An updated catalogue of measures with factsheets to inform River Basin Authorities on the potential measures available for managing flood risk, the potential of these measures to achieve multiple benefits, potential environmental considerations. available funding sources and organisational responsibilities. 
  • Screening methodology to identify potentially viable measures, and packaging of these into APSFR (Areas of Potential Significant Flood Risk) and River Basin alternative strategies. 
  • MCA method for prioritisation of alternatives and measures. 
  • CBA methods. 
  • Flood cell guidelines to sub-divide linear APSFRs into discrete flood cells. 

Benefit

By taking a partnership approach with the client, the project communications have been effective and realised a methodology that is practical, with flexible MCA and CBA tools that can be applied to both detailed and broad overview analysis.

Our in-depth knowledge of Romanian Authorities and the first cycle flood management plans enabled us to produce a methodology that fits the data available and addresses the deficiencies in the previous work. By following our method, the second cycle Floods Directive FRMPs will avoid previous tendencies to focus on hard engineering solutions. 

 Want to know more?

Email Daniela Radulescu or Tom Sampson for more information about this project to develop flood risk management plan methodology in Romania.

You can also find more examples of our international project work on our Projects webpage and our International Development webpage. 



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