The main aim of the workshop was to further elaborate the research questions for future activities and to discuss in detail possible project proposals (focused on Horizon 2020). Experts discussed the technical, economic and instituional context of adaptation of society to the consequences of the floods within the hydrological catchment, with an emphasis on the possibility of increasing water retention in the landscape capturing flood waves in the polders and adaptation of buildings in cities. Considerable attention was devoted to discussing the issue of of ownership relations and negotiations between owners and authorities and owners among themselves for the purpose of flood control measures in the river basin area.
The workshop was attended by 23 experts from 9 countries including Australia and the USA. Within this workshop was established an interdisciplinary and international research initiative FLOODLAND.