New at Wasser Berlin International: Flood Management Berlin

06.03.2014

From 24 to 27 March 2015, under the heading of ’Flood Management Berlin’, Wasser Berlin International – the International Trade Fair and Congress for Water and Wastewater – will be presenting a new trade fair section with an accompanying symposium.

Flood Management Berlin will provide trade visitors with a comprehensive overview of products, services and solutions dealing with flood protection, water engineering and disaster management.

Extreme weather events such as heavy and continuous rainfall and its effects – storm surges, overflowing rivers and flash floods – are increasing evidence of climate change. The German Insurance Association has conducted a survey in collaboration with leading climate scientists. According to its forecasts, by the end of this century the amount of damage along the rivers Rhine, Elbe, Ems and Danube will double or even treble, depending on the trajectory of climate change. Insurance company analysts tasked by the rating agency Fitch have estimated that in Germany the June 2013 floods caused economic damage worth around twelve billion euros, to which insurance claims of three billion euros can be added. The cost of repairing road, rail and other infrastructural damage is not included in these figures.

Representatives of national, state and local government are called upon to confront the task of flood management. They can no longer depend exclusively on the private sector to deal with this issue. As a basic formula, implementing preventative flood management measures costs less than carrying out repairs caused by frequently recurring floods. Flood Management Berlin targets the following audiences: employees and decision-makers in ministries at federal and state level, local councils at urban, district and municipal level, members and employees of associations for ground, water and dykes, employees of international river management commissions, as well as engineers and planners of flood protection systems.

Cornelia Wolff von der Sahl: “As a trade fair in Berlin devoted to the topic of water, Wasser Berlin International is the logical venue for holding Flood Management Berlin, due on the one hand to its proximity to political decision-makers and on the other to its 360-degree concept. It provides trade visitors with an overview of all the products, services and solutions related to this topic, such as pumps, wastewater treatment plants and the relevant construction companies.“

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