E3S Web Conf.
Volume 7, 20163rd European Conference on Flood Risk Management (FLOODrisk 2016)
|Number of page(s)
|Risk evaluation and assessment
|20 October 2016
Risk-informed local action planning against flooding: lessons learnt and way forward for a case study in Spain
1 Research Institute of Water and Environmental Engineering (IIAMA), Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), Camino de Vera s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain
2 Department of Urban Planning, Infrastructures and Environment, Oliva City Council, Spain
3 GreenBlueManagement, Valencia, Spain
4 iPresas Risk Analysis, Spin-off UPV, Valencia, Spain
a Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
After 29 years of the largest flood event in modern times (with the highest recorded rainfall rate at the Iberian Peninsula with 817 mm in 24 hours), the municipality of Oliva faces the challenge of mitigating flood risk through the development and implementation of a local action plan, in line with other existent and ongoing structural measures for flood risk reduction. Located 65 km from Valencia, on the South-Eastern coast of Spain, Oliva is affected by pluvial, river and coastal flooding and it is characterized by a complex and wide-ranging geography and high seasonal variation in population. A quantitative flood risk analysis has been performed to support the definition of flood risk management strategies. This paper shows how hazard, exposure and vulnerability analyses provide valuable information for the development of a local action plan against flooding, for example by identifying areas with highest societal and economic risk levels. It is concluded that flood risk management actions, such as flood warning and monitoring or evacuation, should not be applied homogenously at local scale, but instead actions should be adapted based on spatial clustering. Implications about the impact of education and training on flood risk reduction are also addressed and discusse
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