IMRA - Integrative flood risk governance approach for improvement of risk awareness and increased public participation
The reduction of flood risks was the main objective of the project IMRA. The main research questions were:
# What is the relationship between true flood risk and the public’s risk perception? Which factors determine this relationship? What are the implications for flood risk management (FRM) policies?
# How can public participation in FRM be increased through better risk communication and greater risk awareness?
# How can participation in the establishment of FRM plans be encouraged and improved as a feature of “good governance”?
# What can institutions learn from improved understanding of risk communication approaches, tools and techniques? How can this learning be applied to improve the effectiveness of communications to the public (across a range of FRM activities, e.g. mapping, planning, event management etc.)?
In three case studies the outcome was tested. This was in the rivers Wupper (Germany), Möll (Austria) and Chiascio (Italy).