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Building capacities for effective flood risk management in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta

Partners:

  • Soresma NV, Gent, Belgium
  • Centre for Regional Studies, Odessa
  • Danube Flood Protection Department, Izmail

Duration: 24 months (2009-2011)

Justification:

The Ukrainian part of the Danube Floodplain occupies a length of 170 km and is located in the South West of the Odessa Region. Together with the Danube delta it occupies about 124,000 hectares, including 75,000 hectares of land and 50,000 hectares of big lakes used for drinking water supply, irrigation, fishery and recreation. There are the Ramsar sites – the Lake Kugurlui, the Lake Kartal and the Danube Delta.

The total dyking of the Ukrainian part of the Danube floodplain has been started in the middle of the 20th century. The total length of flood protection hydrotechnical constructions is 255 km. Their technical state and reliability are different. Nowadays about 108 km of the Ukrainian part of the Danube are inadequate to the rated conditions of 1% flood probability; 32 km of the dykes is in emergency state. As it has been estimated earlier, in case of a flood of 1-10% easy circumstances the area occupying more than 40,000 hectares may be flooded.

Another problem is the lack of public awareness of what local people have to do when get a flood warning. In addition, the emergency warning system needs to be improved taking into consideration modern technical and communication opportunities such as mobile telephone connection, FM radio and TV programmes etc.

Project aim:

to assist with capacity building for and community involvement to flood risk management and flood prevention and protection respecting the needs of people’s security, public health, economic development of the area and management of the environment in sustainable manner in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Delta. To achieve this, the Flemish experience in flood risk management and flood warming will be involved.

Project objectivesare to:

  • improve human capacities for efficient flood risk management in the region;
  • improve methodological background for efficient flood risk management in the region;
  • develop a methodology for assessment eventual loses, which may be caused by floods;
  • improve conditions for wise spatial planning and land use in the Ukrainian part of the Danube floodplain especially taking into consideration the fact of high density of population on the territory and high biodiversity;
  • improve flood warning system and coordination between flood protection and emergency management authorities, and local government when get a flood warning;
  • make the Ukrainian flood protection strategy and practice close to the provisions of the EU Flood Directive;
  • assist the Danube Flood Protection Department (DFPD) with its integration into the International System for Forecasting Danube Floods and Early Flood Warning has been created by the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR)

Target groups and beneficiaries:

officers of DFPD, the Centre for Analysis of Flood Situation in the Danube Area, Flood Warning and Information, the Department General for Emergency Management in the Odessa Oblast, Odessa Regional Council and the Odessa Regional State Administration, local government of the Danube districts of the Odessa Oblast. Local community will also benefit from the project being more familiar with risk of flood and recommendations what people have to do when get a flood warning.

Main activities:

  • sectoral studies & flood risk assessment in the Lower Danube Floodplain;
  • training of water mangers, flood protection and emergency officers;
  • adopting EU good practice in emergency planning, the management of river catchments including flood risk, study trip to Flanders;
  • workshops in Ukraine (Izmail);
  • facilitating the Centre for Analysis of Flood Situation in the Danube Area, Flood Warning and Information in Izmail;
  • PR activity & dissemination of information.

Measures to be undertaken:

  1. exchange of experience between the Flemish and Ukrainian specialists and know-how transfer (study tour, workshop, training,) to improve human capacities;
  2. developing a flood risk management strategy as a management tool for public authorities and to improve their methodological background;
  3. know-how transfer in the methodology for assessment eventual loses which may be caused by floods (workshop, training, know-how transfer);
  4. developing GIS, mapping of the area focusing on flood risk, training of flood protection and emergency planning specialists in use of GIS and GIS-based products for better spatial planning;
  5. a flood risk management strategy, training of specialists, exchange of experience and publishing a leaflet for general public will improve flood warning system and coordination between flood protection and emergency management authorities, and local government;
  6. analysing legal and technical opportunities for as well as obstacles in adopting the EU Flood Directive in Ukraine;
  7. agreeing the flood risk management strategy with the ICPDR, adopting EU and ICPDR’s good practice in flood risk management.

The expected results are:

  • improved human and technical capacities for efficient flood risk management;
  • improved methodology for flood risk assessment and assessment of eventual loses cased by floods;
  • close integration of the Danube Flood Protection Department into the ICPDR’s International System for the Danube Flood Forecast and Early Flood Warning;
  • improved regional policy in the field of flood risk management;
  • improved coordination, cooperation and communication between public authorities responsible for flood protection, flood warning and emergency management;
  • improved strategic and spatial planning at regional and local level taking into consideration risks of flood in the Ukrainian part of the Danube Region;
  • close cooperation between the Flemish and Ukrainian partners.

Tangible outputs:

  • a flood risk management strategy;
  • recommendations on adapting Ukraine’s practice in flood risk management to the EU Flood Directive;
  • flood risk maps of the area.

The project is implemented with the support from the Flemish Government

With the support of the Flemish Government

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