A flood risk management plan drafted2014-10-24
Communities are invited to read a draft flood risk management plan and public feedback is requested.
The Ministry of Environment, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Lithuanian Hydrometeorological Service coordinate the drafting of the flood risk management plan. The drafting of this plan is the last stage of implementing the Flood Directive, which must cover and summarise the results of the previous stages in Lithuania since 2010.
The drafted flood risk management plan provides information on suggested goals of managing the flood risk. It also identifies areas where floods may cause greatest damage to communities, their property, the environment and cultural heritage. The plan reviews measures applied to ensure protection from floods and the related legal regulation in force.
People are encouraged to give feedback and suggestions, which should be sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (River basin management division, Environmental Protection Agency, A. Juozapavičiaus g. 9, LT- 09311 Vilnius) or to the Ministry of Environment (A. Jakšto g. 4, LT-01105 Vilnius) by 30 January 2015.
At the further stages of drafting the flood risk management plan ways will be sought to reduce or eliminate threats in areas where floods present the greatest hazard. To this end, an analysis will be carried out to find out whether the most cost-efficient measures which are widely used in Lithuania and abroad (upgrading the communications infrastructure, repairing, reconstructing or building anti-flood facilities, improving the legal regulation, reinforcing and developing rescue and warning systems, etc.) are appropriate and necessary.
The final flood risk management plan is expected to be prepared in 2015.
Public information division
24 October 2014