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Flood protection

In principle, the responsibility for flood protection lies with the competent body responsible for local community affairs, planning and security.

River basin-related, conceptual planning in flood protection as the basis of functional services of general interest is perceived by the country. In addition, the Land supports the competent body in its projects by providing existing planning data.

In the large waters such as the Elbe, Weser, Unteraller and partly also on the Ems, dike associations have been formed as a result of the historical development, which have their basis in the Water Association Act and in the Lower Saxony Dye Act (NDG).

Construction projects in floodplains are prohibited in principle. In limited exceptional cases, an exemption may be granted.

Planning basics

The measures of flood protection inland are carried out on the basis of conceptual planning as well as the planning of the associations (dye associations, water and soil associations) and municipalities. Appropriate flood protection plans are in place for the increase and reinforcement of the dikes on the Elbe, the Mittelweser and the Unteraller. These are already building on the recommendations of the Conference of Environment Ministers for sustainable and forward-looking flood protection.

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

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