Integrated Heavy Rain Risk Management


The RAINMAN toolbox provides municipalities and interested parties with a collection of information, tools and practical examples for dealing with the natural hazard of heavy rainfall. In addition to a collection of methods for assessing and mapping the risks of heavy rainfall, the toolbox contains guidance for planning and implementing risk reduction measures as well as inspiration and guidance for risk communication. Numerous fact sheets inform about examples of good practice for the integrated management of heavy rain risks in the six participating European countries. As project partner, the IOER has primarily developed the tool 'Assessment and Mapping'.

The RAINMAN toolbox is available at: rainman-toolbox.eu.

Project description

The effects of heavy rainfall events are among the most significant natural hazards in Central Europe. Flash floods in areas with concentrated surface runoff, pluvial floods in shallow terrain or canal floods in urban areas - flooding caused by heavy rainfall can take on very different shapes.

The RAINMAN project will develop and test innovative methods and tools for integrated heavy rain risk management in Central Europe. The aim is to reduce the damage caused by heavy rainfall events in urban and rural areas through improved risk management. The RAINMAN toolbox is designed to provide tools for support and guidance to local and regional actors. The toolbox tools developed jointly by the partners deal with the key issues of heavy rain risk management:

  • Assessment and mapping of heavy rain hazards and risks
  • Selection and implementation of appropriate risk mitigation, warning and crisis management measures
  • Raising awareness and involvement of stakeholders
  • Integration of heavy rain hazards and risks into flood risk management plans

These are supplemented by a catalog of practical examples from the partner countries. The pilot areas feature different regional characteristics to test the applicability of the jointly developed methods and their transferability to other regions. This way, the experiences from the pilot areas are directly incorporated into the further development of the methods and measures.

The Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development is jointly funded by the federal government and the federal states.

FS Sachsen

This measure is co-financed by tax funds on the basis of the budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.