Tool risk reduction measures


Rainwater management in decentralised systems

This group of measures includes linear and aerial permeable elements, furrows, rainwater reservoirs, vegetation roofs and vegetating for decentralised management of rain water aiming on better infiltration and evaporation in settlement areas. Applied in a complex, it can reduce not only the total volume of surface water but also the speed of surface runoff significantly. The measure has a large number of benefits for the environment.

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.

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  • Výzkumný ústav vodohospodářský TGM (2018): Katalog přírodě blízkých opatření pro zadržení vody v krajině [Catalogue of green water retention measures in the landscape], URL: (25.03.2020): hospodaření s dešťovou vodou
  • Freie Hansestadt Bremen, Senator für Umwelt, Bau und Verkehr (SUBV) (Ed.) (2015: Merkblatt für eine wassersensible Stadt- und Freiraumgestaltung: Empfehlungen und Hinweise für eine zukunftsfähige Regenwasserbewirtschaftung und eine Überflutungsvorsorge bei extremen Regenereignissen in Bremen, URL: (25.03.2020): dezentrale Versickerung und Verdunstung von Regenwasser

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