The assessment and management of flood risks according to European and Lithuanian law
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The article deals with the provisions and implementation of Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2007 on the assessment and management of flood risks. The publication outlines the stages of setting up of flood risk management plans. The first state of flood risk management system is the preliminary flood risk assessment, where the states assessed the previous floods and indicated the possible flood risk territories in their river basin districts. The second state was the setting up of the flood hazard and flood risk maps, which contain various information pieces about the different territories susceptible to flood risks and hazards. These two steps, besides being the basis of subsequently prepared flood risk management plans, raised the awareness of the society regarding the possible floods and their consequences. The third stage – the compiling of flood risk management plans – is under preparation. During this stage the European Union Member states should indicate particular objectives of flood risk management and measures to implement them. This stage is almost completed in Lithuania, because the prepared project of flood risk management plan already contains most of the information and measures indicated in the Flood directive.
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