RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
Project Partners
Institute of Meteorology and Water Management
Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology
Saxon State Ministry for the Interior
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development
T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute
Region of South Bohemia
Middle Tisza District Water Directorate
Environment Agency Austria
Office of the Styrian Government
Croatian Waters
Information on the INTERREG CE Application
(submitted June 2016 – 2

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
Why this project?
Risks of heavy rain events are increasing
all over Central Europe.
Heavy rain events can hit any location with only very
short warning time. Every year people die, thousands
lose their homes, and environmental damages like
water pollution occur. In 2015 economic loss amount-
ed to 1.2 billion Euros (GDV, 2016). The devastating
impact of extreme rainfall is the most significant natu-
ral risk in Central Europe. Only in May/June 2016 20
people died in CE in heavy rain events. The project’s
main objective is to improve integrated management
capacities of public authorities to mitigate heavy rain
risks. Partners from 6 countries jointly develop prac-
tice oriented innovative methods and new tools to
reduce fatalities and damages. They implement alert
infrastructure in the participating regions. The project
will change the regions towards a safer place to live
and work sustaining economic growth. Inhabitants,
businesses and the environment will benefit from the
The main joint outputs will be:
A transferable toolbox with new tools and methods
to assess, map and reduce heavy rain risks.
Implementation of innovative forecast and warning
tools for short warning time.
Implementation of innovative measures to reduce
health and environmental damages and improve
emergency response.
Reducing the risks means better living
conditions for Central Europe.
The project achieves a sustainable change at all lev-
els of the public sector. New techniques and innova-
tive tools will be implemented with benefit for e.g.
local business, agriculture, cities and people. Capaci-
ties are increased by trainings and educational
measures. Policy makers at regional, national and
EU-level are part of the process. Recommendations
for the integration of heavy rain risks into the EU
floods directive are developed.
The new tools go far beyond existing practice in CE
and in overall Europe. The transnational strategic
approach will effectively reduce these risks and dam-
ages. Experience of river flooding projects is consid-
ered and developed further for heavy rain events.
Programme relevance?
The project contributes to the programme objectives:

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
The Problem

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
The Intervention Logic

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
Work-Plan (preliminary)

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
Thematic Work Packages
WP T1:
Tools and methods for the assessment
and mapping of heavy rain events
The partners develop jointly a transferable tool and
methods to assess heavy rain risks under different
categorized physical conditions and land uses of
areas in CE. The tool will support the identification
and communication of high risk areas. The tool is the
fundament to reach the specific project objective to
improve risk management capacities and to reduce
heavy rain risks in future. Without such tools no reli-
able risk reduction measures and decisions can be
implemented (like risk-adapted land use planning or
investments, warnings, evacuations).
In a first step, the PPs will analyse preconditions,
starting points and requirements for the method
development in a scoping process and study that
evaluates the existing approaches and methods for
hazard modelling, risk assessment and mapping. In
2 workshops existing knowledge and experience
also from further experts of the EU and related pro-
jects will be discussed and integrated.
In the 2nd and main step, the partners develop an
analytical framework for heavy rain risk assessment
including methods applicable with regionally specific
territorial conditions. The methods are tailored for
different levels of complexity and different geograph-
ical and physical preconditions of European regions.
Thus, e.g. adapted methods for urban and rural land
uses in mountainous and low land, settings etc. will
be specified. The PPs deliver input to the method
from their regional application, reflect the method
development, test the methods in pilot actions
(WPT3) and give feedback to the tool development.
In regular working group meetings the development
will be coordinated and discussed.
The outputs create the fundament for pubic authori-
ties to adapt their regional and local development to
the existing risks and by this to improve their man-
agement capacities.
WP T2:
Risk reduction measures to reduce
damages of heavy rain
In WPT2 the PPs jointly create a tool and a strategy
to reduce the risk of heavy rain events for Central
Europe. The tool will include a catalogue of risk re-
duction measures for different risk situations and
framework conditions, guidance for the selection of
best options for measures in specific situations and
guidance for the application and implementation of
the measures. In addition the PPs develop a joint
risk management strategy for heavy rain risks in
urban and rural areas. The strategy has two goals:
Firstly a guidance for local and regional actions to
cope with increasing heavy rain risks, to be imple-
mented in local and regional policies throughout
Central Europe, secondly it will be submitted to the
EU-COM-WG-Floods as “bottom-up” contribution to
the improvement of flooding policies, especially the
EU-floods Directive.
Thus WPT2 contributes significantly to the improve-
ment of integrated environmental management
strategies in the public sector in Central Europe. It
reflects two specific objectives of the project and
aims at reducing risks by improving heavy rain risk
prevention and risk management capacities.
First step is the collection and evaluation of available
approaches and experiences with those. Second, a
joint catalogue of measures and examples is gener-
ated, including guidance for the selection & imple-
mentation and regional specifications for different
frameworks. New innovative measures will be devel-
oped and added. Guidance for the application under
specific conditions, good examples and monitoring
advice are added to the risk reduction tool. The
heavy rain risk management strategy integrates the
tool into local and regional actions plans. It is drafted
and discussed with all PPs and Ass. PPs, also in the
pilot regions.

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
WP T3:
Pilot actions to test and improve the
developed methods for risk
assessment and prevention
Pilot activities in all participating partner regions are
implemented to test the developed joint methods and
tools and to prove their feasibility and applicability.
Outputs are 7 pilot actions, with different characteris-
tics to give a wide range of application conditions.
The pilot actions have different focuses to test the
variety of developed methods: all focus on heavy
rain risk assessment & mapping and on different
measures in rural and urban areas. The pilot actions
are fundamental to test the developed methods, to
improve them with experiences from the pilot actions
and make the applications transferable. In addition
the pilot actions deliver show cases for implementa-
tions that help the target groups to anticipate the
project deliverables.
Furthermore the pilot actions create the platform for
the involvement of local stakeholders, often as Ass.
PPs. Intensive consultation processes on site ensure
that the joint results are tailored to the needs of local
and regional target groups. In all pilot actions an ex-
ante evaluation on the status of heavy rain risk man-
agement will be done by an online survey with the
target groups and stakeholders. This is organized
jointly in national languages and with regional speci-
fications. The survey shall also deliver expectations
and requirements on the methods and tools from the
potential users. Based on this, risk assessment and
mapping will be done by using the tools of WPT1 for
the pilot areas. Each pilot area tests a selection of
the risk mitigation measures developed in WPT2.
The implementing partners cooperate closely in the
working groups on the tool box development, in
which the feedback from the pilot actions and vice
versa will be a key issue. An ex-post evaluation at
the end of the activities will be done to survey
the success of the communication activities.
Pilot implementation specification

RAINMAN - Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management
WP T4:
Risk reduction “RAINMAN-Toolbox”
The core output of WPT4 is the development and
realisation of the “RAINMAN-Toolbox” with five tools
to reduce heavy rain risks and to improve the inte-
grated environmental risk management capacities of
regional and local administrations in Central Europe.
The toolbox contains:
Tool 1:
Assessment and mapping tool for heavy rain risks
Tool 2:
Implementation guide for risk reduction measures,
warning and emergency response
Tool 3:
Recommendations for Flood risk management plans
Tool 4:
Awareness raising and stakeholder involvement
Tool 5:
Catalogue of good-practise examples for the inte-
grated reduction of heavy rain risks.
An online survey at the beginning delivers the de-
mands of end users. The toolbox concept will be
drafted, discussed with PPs and Ass. PPs, stake-
holders and experts. It is adjusted to the consultation
outcome. The toolbox is designed as web-based
application of all tools incl. guidance to select, use
and implement the tools. Also guidance for decision
making based on gathered experiences from the
project is one feature. The Toolbox-content is creat-
ed partly from WP T1, T2, T3 or developed in this
WP in separate activities. To obtain a detailed
toolbox, all PPs actively contribute to the tools and
are involved in the development and tests. The
toolbox development in this WP also serves as over-
all scientific coordination platform for the project,
since all outputs shall finally generate the toolbox.
Therefore 10 working group meetings will ensure the
transferability and practicability of the inputs to the
toolbox and the toolbox itself. The contributions of all
PPs will be discussed and coordinated in the work-
ing group meetings and explained in trainings with
stakeholders on local, regional and national as well
as international level.
The output of this WP contribute to improve man-
agement capacities of local authorities and to reduce
the risk of flash floods.
Partner organisations – Contact Persons
Lead Partner:
Saxon State Office for
Environment, Agriculture and
Geology, DE
Dr. Uwe Müller
+49 351 8928 4000
Saxon State Ministry
of the Interior, DE
Dirk Dreßler
+49 351 564 3450
Institute of Meteorology and Water
Management - National Research Insti-
tute, PL
Dr. eng. Mariusz Adynkiewicz-Piragas
+48 71 32 00-356
T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute,
p.r.i., CZ
Pavel Balvín
+420 220 197 313
Region of South Bohemia, CZ
Daniela Řežábková
+420 386 720 210
Middle Tisza District Water Directorate,
Gábor Harsányi
+36 30 7484134
Environment Agency
Austria, AT
Dr. Yvonne Spira
+43 (1) 31304 5932
Office of the Styrian
Government, AT
Dipl.-Ing. Rudolf Hornich
+43 316 877 2031
Croatian Waters, HR
Alan Cibilić
+385 98 406 723
Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban
and Regional Development, DE
Alfred Olfert,
+0351 46 79-292
Dates – Budget - Funds
The application was submitted in the 2
Call of
the INTERREG-VB-Central Europe programme
(submission June 2016).
Project duration: July 2017 – June 2020
(36 months)
Indicative planned budget: 3.0 million €;
application for ERDF funds: ca. 2.5 million €
The project applied for being co-financed by the
European Union – European Regional
Development Fund (ERDF)