Publié le : 26/05/2017
Commitee of experts
Creating a Committee of Experts that bolsters the CEPRI’s (European Center for Flood Risk Prevention) various projects constitutes a major stride in the organization’s scientific and technical development. Its creation marks a qualitative turning point in the CEPRI’s history. The diversity of the Committee’s members as well as their areas of expertise is the key to the quality of its work.
Objectives and missions
The CEPRI’s Committee of Experts is an advisory board whose task is to examine the technical and scientific guidelines put forth by the organization. Drawing upon the members’ in-depth knowledge of the field of flood risk management, the committee’s solid expertise reinforces the quality of the organization’s deliberation process.
Its mission is threefold:
Consider the medium-term scientific and technical opportunities within the CEPRI’s areas of intervention.
Issue opinions on the results of the CEPRI’s projects in order to allow its agenda to grow and develop.
Make recommendations regarding the CEPRI’s agenda as well as its research and development projects. The Committee bases its judgments on the research needs of the organization.
How the Committee operates
The Committee meets regularly at the behest of the CEPRI’s President or its General Delegate. The General Delegate works with the Scientific and Technical Director to establish the meeting’s order of business and run the committee meetings. The secretariat is overseen by the CEPRI team.
Thus, the Committee was able to submit a report on the question of what kind of governance would be best adapted to developing future risk management strategies. During this study, the Committee of Experts highlighted the need to establish a form of governance based on dialogue and consultation that would then facilitate the decision making process between the various concerned parties (those from urban planning and those from water management).
The Committee also issued an opinion on the preliminary evaluation of national flood risks. Drawing upon current legislation, the experts were able to make clear and coherent recommendations regarding the situation by identifying the most important tactics for development.
Currently, the Committee of Experts is made up of 13 experts.
A bridge, water and forest engineer, André Bachoc is the head of the Central Service of Hydrometeorology and Support to Flood Forecasting, the keystone of the national network of river swelling and hydrometry, after having been the department head then director of several regional environmental departments. He notably contributed to the creation and implementation of the Loire Natural Grandeur action plan.
Civil engineer specialized in rural, water and forest engineering, M. Camphuis was the director of the pluridisciplinary team behind the Loire Natural Grandeur action plan from 1995-2006 before becoming the director of the CEPRI from 2006 to 2011. He is currently the director for assessment and planning at the Loire Bretagne Water Department.
With a degree from the IEP of Toulouse and a PhD in law from the University of Toulouse, Jean-Marc Février is a lawyer and a public law professor at the University of Perpignan. He is a renowned specialist in juridical affairs and represents an indispensable addition to the Committee’s and to the CEPRI’s range of expertise.
History specialist, with a degree a Masters degree in social history and a teaching certificate in history-geography, Emmanuel Garnier is a researcher and professor at various higher education institutions. Mr. Garnier is a lecturer in modern history at the University of Caen, professor-researcher at the Quantitative Research Center, and a visiting professor at Cambridge University. He most notably made the history of natural, industrial, and sanitary disasters, vulnerabilities and resiliency an academic specialty. Mr. Garnier also advises the National Natural Risks Observatory and contributes his in-depth knowledge to the CEPRI’s Committee of Experts.
Mr. Grelot is a trained bridge, water, and forest engineer, yet, for a living, he conducts research in economics at the National Center for Research in Science and Technology in Environmental Studies and Agriculture. His work consists of the economic analyses of flood management and helps inform public sector representatives.
Colonel Eric Martin
As head of the firefighters of the Var, Colonel Eric Martin runs the local Fire and Emergency Rescue Department. His experience in the field was shaped by the numerous floods that affected his region. His views on the role of emergency services professionals (particularly in forest fires) contribute greatly to the global vision the Committee strives to incorporate into its deliberations.
Although he is trained in architecture, Mr. Valette pursued a career as an urban planner and contributes to the diversity of the Committee of Experts. His knowledge and his experiences in urban planning, housing renovation, and infrastructure durability allow him to shed light on the technical issues involved in new, more resistant methods of construction.
Professor at the University of Montpellier, he currently advises 6 thesis students working on flood-related issues. He is the head of a Masters program in Natural Disaster Management, which trains future flood risk managers. He is also the author of two publications on flood risks, including “Flood risks: diagnosis and management”. The Committee benefits greatly from his expertise in this field.