Strategic use of instruments of land policy for mobilising private land for flood risk management

Löschner, Lukas; Hartmann, Thomas; Priest, Sally; Collentine, Dennis


Floods are among the most frequent and destructive natural hazards worldwide (CRED, 2020). In Europe, as in many other parts of the world, the number of severe inland floods has been increasing since the 1980s (Blöschl et al., 2020). In combination with urban development and the accumulation of damage potential in floodplains these shifts in the extremes are likely to be the major cost drivers for the adaptation of infrastructure and thus pose the biggest challenge for the adjustment to floods (UNDRR, 2019; OECD, 2016).