Ministry of State Development and
Transport, Saxony-Anhalt (DE)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry,
Environment and Nature Preservation
of the Free State of Thuringia (DE)
Saxon State Ministry of the Environ-
ment and Agriculture (DE)
Saxon State Office for the
Environment, Agriculture and
Geology (DE)
Ludwigslust County (DE)
German Federal Institute of
Hydrology (DE)
German Association for Housing,
Urban and Spatial Development (DE)
Ministry of the Environment of
the Czech Republic (Ministerstvo
životnóho prostredí, CZ)
Ústi Region (Ústecký kraj, CZ)
Region of South Bohemia (Jihočeský kraj, CZ)
Pilsen Region (Plzeňský kraj, CZ)
Hradec Králové Region
(Královéhradecký kraj, CZ)
Central Bohemia Region (Středočeský kraj, CZ)
Liberec Region (Liberecký kraj, CZ)
Pardubice Region (Pardubický kraj, CZ)
Elbe River Basin Authority (Povodí Labe, CZ)
Vltava River Basin Authority (Povodí Vltavy, CZ)
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry,
Environment and Water Management (AT)
Middle-Tisza district Environment and Water
Directorate (Közép-Tisza vidéki Környezetvédel-
mi és Vízügyi lgazgatóság, HU)
Lead Partner
Div. 45 – Division for European spatial planning,
sectoral planning
Andreas Kühl
T: +49 351 5643454
External project management
Peter Heiland, Uwe Seibel, Stefanie Greis
T: +49 6151 8130-0
Project partners
Planning, co-ordinating and implementing together
Uwe Seibel, INFRASTRUKTUR & UMWELT; Andreas Kühl,
Saxon State Ministry of the Interior; Petr Hap, Region Hradec Kralove
(Královéhradecký kraj)
The LABEL project
Duration: September 2008 to February 2012
Budget: EUR 4.3 million
LABEL is funded under the INTERREG IVB CENTRAL
EUROPE programme from the European Regional
Development Fund.
The national co-financing is supported by
Germany‘s Federal Ministry of Transport, Building
and Urban Affairs through the Federal funding
programme „Transnational Cooperation“.
Adaption to flood risk
in the Elbe River basin

All in the same boat—across borders
The Elbe River flows across borders. Local individual
measures such as the construction of dykes do not only have
local effects, but also affect many other locations and users.
Strategies for flood prevention must therefore include
the entire river basin. Only joint transnational action can
prevent undesirable developments, ensure long-term risk
prevention and optimise flood risk management.
Levels of work of the project LABEL
Developing adaptation strategies
The project LABEL unites the relevant countries, states,
counties and municipalities as well as individual actors
at the European level to develop jointly prevention
measures and strategies to adapt to the rising flood risk.
LABEL expands and specifies the results of the previous
project ELLA
as part of which
a transnational regional-development strategy for
preventive flood control was drafted and agreed upon.
The approach is cross-sectoral: In LABEL the focus
is on risk-adjusted regional land-use planning, tourism
and shipping. The starting point in this context
is co-operation in the field of water management.
Using risk assessments and regional planning instru-
ments, the foundation for sustainable development in
the Elbe River basin is to be laid. Thereupon land-use
planning and flood risks are adjusted and harmonised.
Development potentials
Risk assessment of the potentials
Risk-adapted planning
Flood hazard information
Raising of risk awareness
Identifying risks, adapting uses, seizing chances
Planning, co-ordinating and implementing together
Twenty-five million people live in the catchment area of the Elbe River, the fourth-largest river in
Central Europe. In 2002, an extreme flood event shook the region: people died, dykes ruptured, cul-
tural assets were lost forever. The total economic damage came to 11.3 billion euros. Many measures
for risk precaution have been taken since then. But the changing boundary conditions — also due
to influences of climate change—require increased activity across borders: An internationally co-
ordinated river basin management is the future foundation for sustainable preventive flood control.
Recognising and solving land use conflicts
Conflicts exist between risk prevention, tourism,
recreation and transportation: The Elbe and its
tributaries are important recreational areas. Above
all, the cycling and water tourism is claiming ever
more land near the river. In addition, the Elbe is a
transnational transport route and part of an inter-
modal transportation system. The ports along the
river are major hubs and, together with inland water-
way transport, engines of economic development.
The settlement trends pose a further potential
conflict: Life along the river is more and more in
demand. Settlements in flood-prone areas thus
grow and may conflict with risk prevention. To
ensure reliable flood protection, flood plains must
be kept vacant.
The uses and demands must be co-ordinated with
foresight. One way of achieving this is prevention
through spatial planning specifications. But con-
cepts for direct, technical protection measures are
part of a comprehensive strategy.
The LABEL project partnership
European relevance
The Territorial Agenda of the European Union as a
policy document for cohesion and structural policy
promotes and encourages transnational risk manage-
ment. Co-ordinated cross-border development
plans for river basins are viewed as essential tools for
sustainable development. It is here that LABEL wants
to make a contribution.