1st workshop: 21–22 November 2014; Ústí nad Labem (Czech Republic)

The workshop under the theme ” Flood Retention and Resilience in River Catchments” was the inauguration for setting up an interdisciplinary and international research initiative. 15 experts from 9 countries attended this workshop. During the workshop were discussed the topic flood retention and resilience in four sections:


  • Natural Water Retention Measures for Sustainable Flood Management: Linking Lawscapes to Landscapes and Cities to Catchments (Dr. Martyn Futter, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden),
  • Legal Instruments for Implementation of Natural Retention, Flood Retention and Resilient Cities (Dr. jur Juliane Albrecht, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany),
  • Using Property Rights for Flood Risk Management: an Australian Perspective (Prof. John Sheehan, Asia-Pacific Centre for Complex Real Property Rights, University of Technology Sydney, Australia).


  • Socio-Economic Challenges of the Flood Risk Management (Dr. Lenka Slavíková & Dr. Pavel Raška, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University, Czech Republic) ,
  • Flood Storage: Compensation & Negotiating Space for Water (Dr. Simon McCarthy, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, United Kingdom),
  • The Economic Benefits of Catchment Flood Management: Tradeoffs and Matching Interests (Dr. Dennis Collentine, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden).


  • Governance Challenges in Implementing Catchment Approach for Increasing the Flood Risk Absorption Capacity: Case Study Lielupe River, Latvia (Ingrida Bremere, Baltic Environmental Forum, Latvia),
  • Dynamics of Flood Risk Systems and Their Implications for Flood Risk Management (Prof. Dr. Jochen Schanze, Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development, Germany),
  • Negotiating Upstream-Downstream Relations: Experiences and Challenges from Austrian Case Studies (Assoc. Prof. Walter Seher & Lukas Löschner University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria).


  • Regional Resilience Concealed in the Relationship between Patterns and Processes of a Territorial Capital – From View of Spatial Planning (Attila Toth, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia),
  • Challenges of Flood Retention and Resilience for Cross-Border Governance – Demands of Regional Planning (Dr. Barbara Warner, Academy for Spatial Research and Planning, Germany),
  • Land for Flood Retention and Resilience (Dr. Thomas Hartmann, Utrecht University, The Netherlands).