Absolute flood control is an illusion

UFZ researchers draw conclusions from the 2013 floods and outline what must be done in future to mitigate these consequences.

In future, flood mitigation in Germany should be based on four key indicators: technical flood protection for larger built-up areas will be required just as much as greater space for rivers by means of dike relocation and integration of the agricultural sector. Further, private mitigation should be supported wherever technical flood protection has so far been unable to provide sufficient protection against damage. To ensure provisions of solidarity in accommodating the residual damage, it would be sensible to introduce mitigation-based, mandatory insurance. This is what scientists at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) write in a position paper on the 2013 flooding, published in June.

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