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News Floods and torrential floods in the Mediterranean: What solutions to the risks?

Before the 6th World Water Forum to be held in Marseille from 12 to 17 March 2012, the Corporation des Eaux de Marseille took the lead and organizes on 19 and 20 January in Marseille a workshop with nearly 70 experts from the Mediterranean countries (Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Italy, Portugal, Spain …) on the topic “floods and torrential floods in the Mediterranean: What solutions to the risks.”

Population growth, urbanization, climate change and environmental degradation are directly linked with the increased number and intensity of water-related disasters. According to the Blue Plan (United Nations Environment), 210 destructive floods hit the Mediterranean in the last 20 years. The floods affected more than 3 million people, caused over 4,000 deaths and led to economic losses exceeding 25 billion euros.

This workshop aims to explore, discuss and promote solutions. Spanish, American and French experts will present three solutions pre-selected by a scientific committee. These solutions will form the starting subject for different experts and their work during the workshop. The conclusions of the workshop will be returned at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille, in March.

Among the main recommandations of the session about "Production & Sharing of Information & Data" chaired by Mrs Milagros Couchoud & Mr Giacomo Teruggi, with the participation of experts from France, Portugal, Egypt, Algeria, Spain and EMWIS/SEMIDE:


  • Production of a guide to the transmission of information related to the risk of flash floods produced by a working group including, among others, WMO and EMWIS closely with the civil protection services
  • Regular workshops for the exchange of information (feedback, best practices, model comparison, ...), taking advantage of the Mediterranean Water Forum
  • Promote the adoption in the southern Mediterranean countries (according to their means) of the European Framework Directive on the assessment and management of flood risk


A report will be prepared soon in February and will be made available at the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille, 12 to 17 March, 2012), where it will also be presented during a specific session. 

For your information: all the Solutions received following the Call for Solutions have now been uploaded to the Solutions Platform ( 

Contact information Jennifer Gadenne; Medflood Solutions - 19 & 20 January 2012; Société des eaux de Marseille (email: ;
Phone: +33 (0)4 91 57 94 38 Fax : +33 (0)4 91 57 63 74
News type Inbrief
File link
File link local synthesis_workshop.pdf (PDF, 695 Kb)
Source of information Medflood Solutions
Keyword(s) floods
Geographical coverage France,Turkey,Egypt,Morocco,Algeria,Italy,Portugal,Spain,
News date 26/01/2012
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH