The National Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme was developed to meet the requirements of the EU Floods Directive (2007/60/EC), as well as to deliver on core components of the 2004 National Flood Policy. Pilot CFRAM studies have been undertaken since 2006 in the Dodder and Tolka catchments, the Lee Catchment, the Suir Catchment and in the Fingal/East Meath area. In 2011/12, CFRAM studies were commissioned at the scale of the River Basin Districts. The CFRAM Programme is central to the medium to long-term strategy for the reduction and management of flood risk in Ireland.
Ireland’s River Basin Districts
The OPW is the lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland and is the national competent authority for the EU Floods Directive. OPW works in close partnership with all Local Authorities in delivering the objectives of the CFRAM Programme.
Implementation of the requirements of the EU Floods Directive is being coordinated with the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and the current River Basin Management Plans 2009-2015. The Programme is also being undertaken with close cross-border coordination.
The CFRAM Programme comprises three key steps:
- The Preliminary Flood Risk Assessment (PFRA): 2011
- The CFRAM Studies and parallel activities: 2011-2016
- Implementation and Review: 2016 onwards
The Programme provides for consultation with stakeholders and interested parties. Click here have your say if you wish to make a submission or here Consultation Events to see what events are happening in your area.