E-learning material related to flood protection
Past experiences show that community cooperation and individual action are important elements of successful flood protection. The first criteria of cooperation and action are the social integration of flood risk awareness. It has to be obvious for the stakeholders that they have to face floods and their consequences from time to time.
As long as the people understand what impacts a possible flood event can have on the environment, they will more likely accept the rules and measures that aim to avoid or at least mitigate flood damages. It is also important that people who live on the floodplain are aware of their options regarding the damage reduction of their assets.
On September 20, 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ordered an E-learning material related to flood protection from VIZITERV Environ Ltd. to fulfill the „Output 3.2: Flood protection training scheme „A3.3: Facilitating the organization of the flood protection training and enlargement an educational network (D3.3.4 E-learning material related to flood protection)” project element.
The aim of the present study material is to contribute to public education regarding the importance of flood protection. In the study material, we remember the floods of the Danube basin during the past two decades, clarify a few basic concepts to help the understanding of the material, review the hydrological characteristics of the Danube basin, present the outstanding advancement that made the reliable forecast of today possible and shows that the possibilities of forecasts do have their limits regarding time.
It is necessary to emphasize that operative flood protection is a process that focuses on the tackling of undesired flood phenomena – that we briefly describe in the study material. The success of the operative flood protection mainly depends on the level of preparedness and cooperation between the individuals, communities, authorities, and the countries.