27-29 September 2023

Land is essential for flood risk management. Especially nature-based solutions require more land. This land is often in private ownership. The relations between land and flooding are discussed by the LAND4FLOOD community. LAND4FLOOD is a task force of the International Water Resource Association. On 27-29 September, the LAND4FLOOD conference was held at TU Dortmund University in Germany. Around 45 scholars from across Europe and beyond discussed in parallel sessions the effectiveness of nature-based solutions (NBS), property rights issues on NBS implementation, cascading effects of NBS, climate change and law, governance structures, and much more. Dan Tarlock (Kent Law School, Chicago) in his keynote reflected upon the development of flood risk management over time, Robert Jüpner (University Kaiserslautern-Landau) discussed operational flood risk management during recent events, and Sally Priest (Flood Hazard Research Centre, London) explored governance and justice issues on flood risk management. A special roundtable was organized by Kristina Veidemann (Baltic Environmental Forum) on the implementation challenges of LAND4FLOOD. A photo impression of the event is available on the conference website: http://land4flood2023.landpolicy.de/

The conference was organized by the chairgroup Land Policy and Land Management at the School of Spatial Planning and supported by the “German Research Foundation“ (DFG), the “Gesellschaft der Freunde der Technische Universität Dortmund“ (GdF). Georg Johann of the “Emschergenossenschaft und Lippeverband“ (EGLV) organized and supported an excursion through the Emscher region to allow participants to learn about the special challenges associated with related to land and flood risk management in the region.

The next LAND4FLOOD conference will be hosted in Timisoara, Romania, in 2025. More information can be found at www.land4flood.eu.