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Recent flood events in Europe, and worldwide, demonstrate that existing flood defence structures do not guarantee a sufficient protection level for people and properties. New strategies aim for a more holistic approach to flood risk management, with high level of adaptability, flexibility and taking into account climate change and increased urbanisation uncertainties.

To support the adaptation to climate changes, Flood resilience (FRe) technology have been delivered to market in recent years. Such technology requires human intervention that most of the time involve the use of specialised teams (Civil Protection) from involved local authorities. Moreover, a people-centred approach is required: citizens’ capacities to contribute to building resilience within their communities should be particularly emphasized.

In such a framework, Civil Protection plays a central role in the process of building capacity to withstand disasters following a disaster risk prevention perspective, which can be performed by means of adequate territorial/urban policies, institutional and individual behaviours. As well as, it contributes to the understanding, acknowledge and acceptance of resilience at governance level.