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EU Floods Directive

On the 26 November 2007, a new European Directive on the assessment and management of flood risk, the “Floods Directive”, was introduced and sets out how member states must plan for the management of flood risk. Member States have 2 years to transpose the Directive into domestic law. The purpose of the directive is “to establish a framework for the assessment and management of flood risks, aiming at the reduction of the adverse consequences for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity associated with floods in the Community”. This will be achieved through a series of requirements set out by the Directive, which will be carried out at river catchment level and also in coastal zones.

The European Commission proposed the floods directive to help Member States manage the risk associated with floods, including their damaging effects on human health, the environment, infrastructure and property. The principal requirements of the Directive are that Member States shall:

In Ireland, these latter two requirements of the Directive will be delivered through the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Studies.

Further key requirements of the Directive are for transboundary co-operation and coordination with the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). On the Lee CFRAMS project, this requirement is being achieved through coordination with the South West River Basin District Project that is implementing the Water Framework Directive in the southwest of Ireland.


River Lee at Ballincollig

Lee valley


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