Building local resilience to climate change through flood risk management

Our main objective was to manage flood risk in ten locations in Danube Delta. Eight of the locations required rehabilitation and modernisation of their current pumping system to support drainage of excess water in a built up area. The final two locations required new flood protection measures from the Danube.

How did we support the project?

 We contributed to the development of the Feasibility Study in accordance with the Large Infrastructure Operational Programme requirements, specifically, the implementation of the guideline for developing feasibility studies for flood risk management projects. This covered modelling, option analysis, cost benefit analysis, climate change vulnerability and risk assessment, and a water framework directive.

Considering all climate change scenarios

The pumping network and current flood defence provisions were analysed aswell as a thorough examination of rainfall intensity and volume data. To make sure that the measure being suggested could withstand current and projected future rainfall patterns under different climate change scenarios.

The options analysis took full consideration of the residual risks that remained, to ensure that other social, environmental, economic and technical considerations were taken into account. One social issue was to reduce the surface area of stagnant water which could be breeding habitat for mosquitos.

Increasing resilience to climate change

The resulting options were approved for co-financing and implementation. Each of the ten isolated communities, many of which lack direct road access, will benefit from increased resilience to surface water and river flooding. This includes increased resilience to climate change as well as resilience of the planned project itself.

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