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Flood risk management in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Vorpommern Coast / Usedom

A regional workshop on 3 November 2014 marks the start of stakeholder participation in the development of the Vorpommern Coast / Usedom flood risk management plan. In connection with this, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT is providing support for the Central Mecklenburg State Office for Agriculture and the Environment (StALU MM) as it implements the Flood Risk Management Directive in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

The flood risk management plan for the area that includes the Vorpommern Coast and Usedom serves principally to counter the risks caused by storm tides from the Baltic. The effects of storm tides are felt by the outer coast and also by the inner coasts along the Peenestrom and around the Achterwasser and the Bay of Szczecin. Additionally, storm tides cause the reversal of the direction of flow of the Peene and Uecker rivers, causing them to spread out inland.
The workshop on 3 November 2014 in Anklam is aimed principally at stakeholders on the regional level. Participants will discuss the possible ways of dealing with flood risks. Infrastructural and technical flood prevention measures are already covered in Regelwerk Küstenschutz, the guide to coastal protection published by the government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The workshop will therefore focus mainly on considering extreme scenarios that might result from the failure of technical protection systems.

For this project, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT (IU) can draw upon many years of experience in the field of flood risk management to help the Central Mecklenburg State Office for Agriculture and the Environment (StALU MM) to implement the Flood Risk Management Directive in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The project will be jointly run by the IU offices in both Darmstadt and Potsdam.

The plans are due to be completed by April 2015. By then, local stakeholders, in particular those from various levels of local government, will have been closely involved in the planning process. Attention will be given to direct responses to storm tides as well as adapting to risks from storm tides and also, in the longer term, to rising sea levels.