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The Levees and Flood Defenses Working Group (LFD WG) is operating under the European Club of ICOLD. It was officially created during the meeting of the European Club in the Stavanger congress of ICOLD in June 2015.. Its terms of reference have been updated in the 2018ICOLD congress in Vienna, as the new Technical Committee on Levees of ICOLD was started. The roles  for the LFD WG are now:

  1. To act as the European level Backing Group to the new ICOLD TC on levees, which will identify issues of importance to European practitioners that should be promoted to ICOLD, including technical, governance and policy issues.
  2. To provide a European Community of Practice on levees (including engineers, managers, researchers, authorities,…), which will also act as a counterpart to the US Levee Safety Coalition.
  3. To provide a vehicle for collation of issues for research and support for national and European level funding of such research.
  4. To provide a vehicle for exchanging and disseminating news and views with regard to levee research and practice, including via workshops, the existing website and a regular newsletter

Membership is open to all individuals who are members of National Committees belonging to the European Club, with agreement from their respective National Committee. Members of EUCOLD LFD WG from a given country will maintain close relation with the national member and the national backing group of ICOLD LE TC (when applicable). Guest contributions from non-members should be allowed when this has significant added value.

2019 Japan flood reports are published

The reports of levee failures, etc. in 2019 Typhoon Hagibis is published in English by the Japanese Geotechnical Society. The reports are open access. https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/soils-and-foundations/vol/61/issue/2#article-22 Including, “Levee damage and bridge scour by 2019 typhoon Hagibis in Kanto Region, Japan” https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038080621000226 Backslope erosion by overtopping at the Naka River levee (Photo : Hirotoshi Mori)

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A WG webinar on animal activity on levees

We are very pleased to announce the first webinar of the Working Group on Levees and Flood Defences of the European Club of ICOLD, about animal activity on our levees, which will be held June 30th from 11:00 to 12:30 CET. Please email Patrik if you want to attend. He will send you an appointment …

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