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Flood Risk Management Governance: improve integrated flood risk management

While there is a general consensus that integrated flood risk management (IFRM) from source to mouth of an entire watershed is the most appropriate way to approach flood control, there is no general consensus as to the best way to implement this. Many variables must be considered when deciding which levees should be built, which retention areas created, which protection levels defined, and when providing guidance on how the overload case (see page 35) should be handled. In Germany, policymakers need to provide clearer guidance as to which flood risk management measures are expected and which direction future protection should take. This guidance needs to be communicated down the ranks to the individual decision-makers in individual states and the local authorities to ensure that IFRM works on a practical day-to-day level.

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