Project “Integrated Strategy for Riga City
to Adapt to the Hydrological Processes
Intensified by Climate Change Phenomena
Project No. LIFE08 ENV/LV/000451
 
 
November 20, 2012

Today the Flood Risk Management Plan for Riga City was ratified in the Riga City Council meeting. With the ratification of this document, the work on the implementation of the main activities of LIFE+ co-funded project “Riga Against Flood” can be considered completed. All the substantial research, carried out within the framework of the Project, will remain at the disposal of Riga City Council City Development department, who will use this documentation in their further work with city planning issues. All the Project’s materials – research, presentations, maps, publications and other documents will be available on the Project’s homepage for the next five years.

 
 
 
October 17, 2012

Today Riga City Council City Development committee ratified Flood Risk Management Plan for Riga City and Methodological Guidelines for Territorial Planning in flooding territories. After the ratification of this document with the committee, the work on the implementation of the main activities of LIFE+ co-funded project “Riga Against Flood” can be considered completed. All the substantial research, carried out within the framework of the Project, will remain at the disposal of Riga City Council City Development department and will be available for further work with city planning issues.

 
 
 
October 03, 2012

On September 28, this year, the closing conference of the Project "Riga Against Flood" was held. The participants of the conference were informed about the course of the Project, research done within the framework of the Project and its results, as well as the documents developed during the course of the Project – Flood Risk Management Plan for Riga City and Methodological Guidelines for territorial planning in flooding territories. The guests of the conference – experts from Hamburg and Helsinki – shared with their experience in flood management issues.

 
 
 
June 04, 2012

Within the framework of the Project “Riga Against Flood” the development of one of the main components of the Project - “Methodological Guidelines for Territorial Planning in Flooding Territories” – has been completed. The development of the Guidelines was based on the obtained information and results of research carried out within the framework of the Project. Guidelines for territorial planning in flooding territories are unique due to the fact that this document is the first of its kind not only in Latvia, but also in the Baltic States.

 
 
 
May 09, 2012

On May 2, this year Riga City Council City Development department has received a statement from Environment State Bureau, concerning Flood Risk Management plan for Riga City and its environmental overview of strategic environmental impact assessment, submitted to the Bureau for evaluation on April 4, this year.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Within the framework of the Project “Riga Against Flood” the development of one of the main components of the Project - “Methodological Guidelines for Territorial Planning in Flooding Territories” – has been completed. The development of the Guidelines was based on the obtained information and results of research carried out within the framework of the Project. Guidelines for territorial planning in flooding territories are unique due to the fact that this document is the first of its kind not only in Latvia, but also in the Baltic States.


Within the framework of the Guidelines a detailed methodology for territorial  planning in flooding territories has been worked out, and its aim is to show how to carry out planning in flooding territories effectively and to point to elements that should receive more attention, taking into account that flood is the most frequent natural calamity in Europe. It has been forecasted that due to climate change, the frequency of flood will increase in the future, especially the frequency of the flood connected with downpours, so it is necessary to prepare for them ahead of time. The preparation for flood includes both short-term (area of civil protection) and long-term (territorial planning) activities.


The Guidelines are devised for specialists - territorial planners and employees of municipalities, whose work and responsibilities are related to flooding territories and flood risk. The information in the Guidelines will help specialists in developing a territorial plan, a plan for civil protection, waterfronts, their access roads and adjacent territories, as well as in starting the development of a construction project.


In order to present the developed Guidelines to the responsible specialists of municipalities of Latvia and territorial planners, in whose territories water bodies and waterfronts potentially causing flood risk are located, Riga City Council City Development Department will organize a special teaching seminar on June 15, this year.


“Considerable work has been done in the development of methodological guidelines, for which Project’s specialists have used not only the research results, obtained in the framework of the Project, but also the best experience and practice of other European countries and cities. To ensure the sustainability of the EU co-funded LIFE+ project and to share with the experience obtained during the Project, Riga City Council City Development Department will organize a seminar for responsible specialists in other municipalities of Latvia. During the seminar the specialists will be introduced with the course and principles of the development of the Guidelines, as well as will be given knowledge about the practical aspects and application of the Guidelines in daily work,” informs Riga City Council City Development Department deputy director Uldis Jansons.


The interested employees of municipalities of Latvia can register for participation in the seminar by June 13 in Riga City Council City Development Department via phone 67181851 or via e-mail mareks.krumins@riga.lv

 

About the project:
The project RIGA AGAINST FLOOD” (in full "Integrated Strategy for Riga City to Adapt to the Hydrological Processes Intensified by Climate Change Phenomena") was launched by Riga City Council City Development Department in February 2010 and it will end on November 30, 2012. The main aim of the project is to explore hydrological processes – flood, intensive precipitation, wind surges, coastal erosion, significant changes in ground-water levels, which, combined with climate change, could have negative impact on the inhabitants of Riga, economy and preservation of natural and cultural heritage. The project also aims at providing solutions on how to forestall and reduce this impact. Within the framework of the project a model of Riga City relief has been worked out; and a substantial research on hydrological processes, as well as work on recommendations for future flood risk forestallment and reduction, is in progress. The total cost of the project is 662 240 EUR. The costs are equally shared by European Union finance programme for the environment LIFE+ and Riga municipality.


More information about the project – http://www.rigapretpludiem.lv/eng/


LIFE programme is the EU’s financial instrument supporting environmental and nature conservation projects. The main aim of LIFE+ programme is to contribute to passing, amending and enforcing of European Union environmental policy and legislation. LIFE programme was launched in 1992. Since then, LIFE has co-financed about 3104 projects throughout European Union, contributing about 2.2 billion Euros to the protection of the environment. The present stage of the programme – LIFE + - was launched in 2007 and will be implemented until 2013.


Riga City Council City Development Department
PR specialist Marija Ābeltiņa
67012916, 29231856, marija.abeltina@riga.lv, www.rdpad.lv