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Title: Floods directive APSFR and PFRA
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Author: Andres Bastholm. Operated by Sofie Gjedde-Simonsen
Comments: Member States shall for each of their units of management (UOM) identify those areas for which they conclude that a potential significant flood risk exists or might be considered likely to occur (Article 5 of the Floods Directive).
The areas of potential significant flood risk (APSFR) can be designated as areas (polygons), lines or points. For the areas Member States have reported the type of floods and may also report the mechanism and characteristic of the floods based on an agreed predefined list of types, mechanisms and characteristics. In addition Member States have reported the potential consequences which are divided into four overall categories which also have a list of more detailed sub-categories – this list has also been agreed with a set of predefined consequences agreed by the Member States to use in the reporting. The overall categories are:
• human health
• cultural heritage
• economic activity
Prior to the identification APSFR Member States shall undertake a preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA) based on available or readily derivable information (Article 4 of the Floods Directive).
Member States may apply article 13.1 (transitional arrangements) in the 1st implementation
cycle, and either report on a preliminary flood risk assessment (PFRA) carried out before 22 December 2010 (Article. 13.1(a) of the Floods Directive) or proceed directly to mapping and establishment of flood risk management plans (Article. 13.1(b) of the Floods Directive). If article 13.1(a) is applied, the result will include the identification of APSFR, but the information provided for the basis of such assessment may differ. The attribute information in the viewer display a summary of the methodology where Member States describe the criteria for the determination of their APSFR, reasons and criteria for the exclusion or inclusion of areas and how the consequences to human health, environment, cultural heritage and economic activity have been considered for the identification of the APSFR. It is recognized that if article 13.1(b) is applied, APSFR will not be identified and hence not displayed in the viewer - instead maps at the appropriate scale according to article 6 will be prepared by the Member States before the 22nd of December 2013.
To see where the different articles have been applied then click on the layer 'Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Overview' where an overview by UOM display where the 3 articles have been applied. Please notice that Member States within a UOM can apply different articles. If this is the case then the layer 'Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment Detailed' needs to be turned on in order to see the specific areas where a particular article has been applied.
Subject: Areas with Potential Significant Flood Risk (APSFR) and Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA) - Detailed
Keywords: PFRA, APSFR, Floods directive
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