Tool risk reduction measures


Avoidance of building in hazard zones: Prevention by designation of specific grassland or protection zones in development or zoning plans

Damage from pluvial floods can be reduced by taking pluvial floodwaters into consideration in development and zoning plans and by establishing free pathways for runoff. This can be done by building regulations, e.g. by designation of special grassland or protection zones in risk areas in the zoning plan. Such zones serve for retention and a controlled discharge of the water masses in case of heavy rain.

Fields of action
Settlement areas
Synergies may exist between heavy rain risk management measures and other development goals like environmental protection, health care, and economic performance. Harnessing them requires involvement of different actors, enforcement of exchange between you and them and holistic thinking.


  • Amt der Oberösterreichischen Landesregierung (2015): Hangwassermanagement Maßnahmenkatalog [management of pluvial floods catalogue of measures] (unpublished brochure, online version accessible at URL: spezifische Grünlandwidmung, Schutzzonen

Sabine Scharfe, Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology