A network for flooding land?

Land is an essential ingredient for flood risk management. Increasingly traditional flood protection turns away from the approach of keeping the water out with dikes. A spatial turn can be observed in flood risk management over the last decades, which includes nature-based solutions to retain water, flood storage and space for the rivers, and flood-resilient cities. Although the technical and hydrological conditions of such solutions are relatively well known, effective reduction of flood risks on a catchment level is still lacking.

Measures of flood risk management often inevitably affect private land use. Usually, flood risk management deals first with technical and hydrological issues before addressing land management. This contrasts with the urgent need for flood retention and resilience on private land. Accordingly, implementation of flood risk management is hampered by insufficient and catchment-wide land management.

In this network, the land management perspective of flood risk management is central. How can (private) land users be encouraged to store water on their land or adapt land uses? Are there innovative concepts of land management, specific property rights solutions, or new approaches to arrangements with land users to get (access to) the required land for flood risk management? How does a land policy for flood risk management look like? Those questions and related issues are discussed in this network to explore the increasing research demand but also to identify new and innovative concepts for land for flood risk management.