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Flood Management Symposium

Flood Management Symposium

March 29, 2017

09:30 - 17:30

ExpertsForum, Hall 4.2

Language: ger/eng

Event presented by Wasser Berlin International in cooperation with the Royal Dutch Embassy on flood control.

Climate change is a major cause of rising sea levels and major river floods. There is also an increased frequency of flooding along with heavy local and regional rainfall. These incidents call for new and innovative preventative and risk management measures. Urban flash floods present a special challenge to cities and municipalities and call for new and different responses. Flood risk management as we know it is reaching its limits and requires multidisciplinary solutions. Quick and isolated measures are not enough.


The challenges facing Germany and the Netherlands are similar and make it clear that there is a need for new strategic flood control and flood risk management concepts in the medium and long term.

Sophisticated approaches to flood prevention and water management have been developed over the centuries. Urban flooding and storm water concepts have been around since the 1990s. They are now part of a new innovative flood risk management strategy that has been strongly influenced by the “Room for the River” and Delta programs. Germany has further improved preventative measures in recent years with the medium-term river basin flood action plans and the national flood control plan that significantly reduce the potential for damage.

For the program please see the PDF attached

Free of charge and with no registration


Koos Wieriks, Strategic Consultant, Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Dipl.-Geogr. Dirk Barion, Geschäftsführer der FgHW-Fachgemeinschaft Hydrologische Wissenschaften, Deutsche Vereinigung für Wasserwirtschaft, Abwasser und Abfall e.V. (DWA)


Dr. Fritz Holzwarth, Verein Wasser Berlin e.V.

Kees van Laarhoven, Embassy Council for Infrastructure and the Environment, Embassy of the Netherlands in Berlin

Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. F. Wolfgang Günthert, Universität der Bundeswehr München

Dr. Tobias Hafner, Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection

Roeland Hillen, Director of the program’s flood protection program, Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment/Rijkswaterstaat

Apl.-Prof. Dr. Steffen Bender, Climate Service Center (GERICS)

Dirk van Peijpe, Founder and Director, DE URBANISTEN

Dr. Eberhard Faust, MunichRE

Dr. Wolfram Tauer, Director Business Line Water, Arcadis Europe Central

Dr. Carin Sieker, Strategy Wastewater Management, Berliner Wasserbetriebe

Wynand Dassen, Resilience Team, City of Rotterdam

Dipl.-Ing. Marc Scheibel, Wupperverband

M.Sc Paul Bezemer, Senior Advisor Urban development, City of Dordrecht

Dipl.-Ing. (Univ.) Cristina Pop, Head of the Civil Engineering Office of the City of Straubing, City of Straubing