Risks of heavy rain events are increasing all over central Europe. The devastating impact of extreme rainfalls ranks among the most significant natural risks. RAINMAN aims to improve integrated management capacities of public authorities to mitigate heavy rain events and to reduce health and environmental damages. Partners and stakeholders from the regional, national and EU-level will jointly develop practice-oriented innovative methods and tools intended to map, assess and reduce heavy rain risks with the aim to cut down fatalities and damages.
The project will also implement innovative forecast and smart warning tools designed to increase the risk management, emergency responsiveness and mitigation capacities of public institutions responsible for the management of environmental risks. Ultimately, recommendations for the integration of heavy rain risks into the EU floods directive will be developed and presented to the EU working group on floods.
After more than 2 years of intensive preparation, the RAINMAN partnership can now finally start implementing the project! 10 partners from 6 countries will work together to reduce risks and damages of heavy rain events. For this, the partners develop and test innovative methods and tools to improve the management capacities of public authorities in Central Europe.
Work Package 1
In a first step, the partnership will develop methods to assess heavy rain risks under different categorized physical conditions and land uses of areas in Central Europe. The tool will support the identification and communication of high risk areas. Thus, e.g. adapted methods for urban and rural land uses in mountainous and low land, settings etc. will be specified.
The outputs create the fundament for public authorities to adapt their regional and local development to the existing risks and by this to improve their management capacities.
Work Package 2
The Partners will jointly create a tool and a strategy to reduce the risk of heavy rain events. The tool will include a catalogue of risk reduction measures for different risk situations, guidance for the selection of best options for measures and guidance for the application and implementation of these measures. In addition, a joint risk management strategy for heavy rain risks in urban and rural areas will improve local and regional as well as European-wide flood-policies.
Work package 3
Pilot activities in all participating partner regions are implemented to test the developed joint methods and tools and to prove their feasibility and applicability. There are 7 pilot actions, with different characteristics to give a wide range of application conditions. The pilot actions improve the developed measures with experiences and make them transferable. In addition they deliver show cases for implementations.
Work Package 4
The partners develop a toolbox with five tools to reduce heavy rain risks and to improve the integrated environmental risk management capacities of regional and local administrations in Central Europe. The toolbox contains: