The flood events in 2002 have launched a process at the level of the European Union, which resulted in the adoption of Directive No 2007/60/EC on the assessment and management of flood risks (EU Flood Directive). The Directive aims at the reduction of adverse consequences for human health, the environment, the cultural heritage and economic activities associated with floods.
In Austria the EU Flood Directive has been implemented within the framework of the Water Rights Act (Wasserrechtsgesetz WRG 1959). Thus the water management planning related to catchment areas has been comprising since then explicitly the evaluation and the management of flood risks. The plannings have to be repeated every six years, i.e. to be revised, and, if required, to be updated.
As a first step of planning a preliminary evaluation of the flood risk was made for every river basin district (Danube, Rhine, Elbe) until the end of 2011, on the basis of which areas with potentially significant high flood risk were identified. In a second step of planning flood hazard maps and flood risk maps were prepared for these areas until the end of 2013.
The Flood Risk Management Plan, in which appropriate goals for risk reduction are defined and measures and their ranking are determined in order to achieve the goals are identified, constitutes the third step of planning. A draft was made public for inspection in January 2016 for 6 months, and the comments received were taken into consideration.
The Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management publicly announces that the National Flood Risk Management Plan RMP 2015, and further information, fundamental and background documents, as well as the environmental report according to the Directive on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA Directive) have been published in the Water Information System Austria (WISA) at http://wisa.bmlfuw.gv.at/fachinformation/hochwasserrisiko/hochwasserrisikoplan.html