Since 2003, the OECD International Futures Program has aimed to contribute to the discussion of member countries on the major risks of the 21st century. The project on risk management policies focuses on the consistency, effectiveness and openness of risk management systems in OECD member countries, especially in terms of their ability to cope with the most important challenges of the future. The project consists of a series of case studies in OECD countries that are indicative of the challenges and best practices in strategic risk management. Within this framework, the OECD has begun a case study on floods in France’s Loire river basin, with special attention be paid to the reduction of vulnerability amongst economic activities.
Flood risk is managed at different geographical scales and involve stakeholders as diverse as the State, region, department and local authorities, businesses, insurance companies and the scientific community or associations. For this reason, the OECD is holding a “kick-off meeting” on 30 April 2009 in Orléans to inform a sample of Loire basin stakeholders about the case study’s context and methodology. A self-assessment exercise will follow to identify working hypotheses for a future mission of international experts who will visit stakeholders in the Loire basin in June 2009. More information about this research can be found on the OECD website.