FLOODLABEL: A smart tool for governance towards flood-resilient cities

Floods are one of the most significant hazards in Europe. 

Extreme inundations threaten urban living in cities.

To protect cities from flooding and other types of inundations, traditional government-led flood protection needs to be complemented by homeowners’ adaptation. Now, especially homeowners lack risk awareness, and knowledge of measures and triggers to take action. This project aims to design, test and implement a smart governance tool—the FLOODLABEL—in urban living labs. This prototype tool serves to inform homeowners about their individual flood risks and to support the planning and decision-making of experts and local governments to achieve more flood-resilient cities.



Flood risks: You don’t need an ark- but you could use an app.

13 April 2020, JPI Urban Europe

Floodlabel: Howaman

Floods in dry regions of the world

The underestimated risk

Managing flood risks in dry regions of the world is particular challenging.

In contrast to droughts, hazards from flooding are often neglected due to the low annual rainfall.

The lack in knowledge, awareness and preparedness to floods on private and public level in combination with potentially poor building design, poor spatial planning and rare events of heavy rains lead to an underestimated flood risk.

In order increase flood resilience, the floodlabel concept aims to lower flood risks by actively integrating the population under risk.  

The HKC is part of the cooperative project “Sustainable strategies and technologies for flood risk management in arid and semi-arid regions” (HOWAMAN).

The project is lead by the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management of the RWTH Aachen University. 

All project partners are shown in the list below:

  • Institure of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, RWTH Aachen
  • Institute for Water and Waste Management at RWTH Aachen e. V.
  • Institute for Sociology, RWTH Aachen
  • Research group Flood Risk Management, University of applied sciences Magdeburg-Stendal
  • Kisters AG, Business Unit Water
  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Segment for Hydrogeology and Water Management
  • HochwasserKompetenzCentrum e.V. 


HOWAMAN is financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), under the programm "Research for Civil Security".

Within the project scope of the HKC, the floodlabel concept is transferred and adapted to these conditions.

Further program information can be found under the following links: