Investigators from Institute of Ecology Zero in on Environmental Law (From Flood Protection to Flood Risk Management: Condition-Based and Performance-Based Regulations in German Water Law)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- Investigators publish new report on Environmental Law. According to news reporting from Dresden, Germany, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "In many European countries, a paradigm shift from technically oriented flood protection to a holistic approach of flood risk management is taking place. In Germany, this approach is currently being implemented after several amendments of the Federal Water Act."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Institute of Ecology, "The paradigm shift is also reflected in the theoretical structure of the legal stipulations. While the former regulations of flood protection were predominantly conditions-based, linked with clear preconditions and legal consequences, the legal implementation of the flood risk management approach is accompanied by an increase of goal-oriented, performance-based regulations. This contribution discusses the interrelationship between the two legislative approaches and the specific challenges for the administration. Flood risk management, as a policy field, requires the law to provide robustness but also flexibility. It is concluded that the German way could accidentally provide a viable answer to this dilemma."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The conclusions drawn for the flood risk management in Germany might be applicable also to other policy fields and even outside Germany."
For more information on this research see: From Flood Protection to Flood Risk Management: Condition-Based and Performance-Based Regulations in German Water Law. Journal of Environmental Law, 2014;26(2):243-268. Journal of Environmental Law can be contacted at: Oxford Univ Press, Great Clarendon St, Oxford OX2 6DP, England. (Oxford University Press - www.oup.com/; Journal of Environmental Law - jel.oxfordjournals.org)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting T. Hartmann, Leibniz Inst Ecol Urban & Reg Dev IOER, Dresden, Germany.
Keywords for this news article include: Europe, Dresden, Germany, Environmental Law
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