Urban areas in particular face increasing flood risks. It is therefore argued, both in literature and in practice that flood risks can no longer be dealt with by focusing solely on flood defenses.

Actors at various levels wish for and make efforts at a diversification of Flood Risk Management Strategies, in which multiple strategies are applied simultaneously and linked together. These strategies include pro-active spatial planning, flood mitigation in various ways (e.g. urban green infrastructures, adaptive buildings), flood preparation and flood recovery. 

Completed research project:



River flood risks in urban areas across Europe will increase tremendously in the coming decades. STAR-FLOOD aims to design policies to better deal with these risks. The results of the project will be highly relevant for policies and law at the European, national and regional level and for the development of public-private partnerships.

STAR-FLOOD stands for: “STrengthening And Rede-signing European FLOOD risk practices: Towards appropriate and resilient flood risk governance arrangements”. This project was recently awarded a grant of 5.4 Million Euros by the European Union (FP7). The project is focused on analysing, explaining, evaluating and designing policies to better deal with flood risks from rivers in urban agglomerations across Europe. STAR-FLOOD started in October 2012 and ended in March 2016.

Researchers involved: