BWG (2001)

Flood control at rivers and streams

Guidelines of the FOWG


In recent decades, stream and river training have contributed much to the general economic development of many areas in Switzerland. Only in recent years has flood protection policy been updated. The 1987 flood disasters in particular proved that there is no absolute safety from floods. These disasters triggered a complete review of flood protection policy, which concluded that a sustainable policy requires land-use practices that take account of existing natural hazards and minimize direct impacts on rivers and streams.


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