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Publié le : 07/10/2022



Our mission

Our goals

Our activities

  1. Main axes
  2. International projects
  3. Networking
  4. Activity Programs
  5. Annual Reports




The European Center for Flood Risk Prevention (CEPRI) is a non-governmental organization founded on December 1, 2006. It was created at the behest of several local authorities, notably the Council of Loiret, in partnership with the French State.

Before the Centre was founded, there was a lack of coordination and dialogue between local governments and the State on the subject of flood prevention. In the past, most local governments worked in a virtual vacuum, without sharing their experiences with their peers. Moreover, the State had trouble gathering information on what was happening on the ground, which resulted in measures that were ill adapted to local realities.

With CEPRI, this void is now filled. CEPRI has managed to create a well-oiled network and become an indispensable intermediary between local governments and the State that advocates on their behalf on the issue of flood prevention and management. Among its varied activities, CEPRI publishes methodological guides and reports that regroup the best techniques from around France and Europe.


Our mission



Our main mission is to provide technical and scientific support to local governments concerning flood prevention in management in France and in Europe.


Our goals




In order to accomplish this mission, CEPRI has set the following goals:

  • Share the best flood prevention techniques and develop pedagogical tools in the field of flood prevention, via the publication of methodological guides and reports.
  • Support local governments as they apply European and national legislation as well as guide them through the necessary steps while providing innovative solutions.
  • Foster a forum where knowledge, information and successful approaches can be openly exchanged among the major players in flood prevention.
  • Provide technical support and expertise to local, national, and European organisms that will modernize their vision of flood risk management and inspire them to build more resilient cities.
  • Guide the national government through the various regulatory changes such as flood directives, the national catastrophe reimbursement reform, cost-benefit analyses, the dangers of dykes and barrages, Urban Master Planning Units, natural disaster prevention plans, etc.


Our activities


1. Main axes

The CEPRI activity program will be based on five axes:


1) Represent territorial communities at national level
2) Innovate and develop new tools for local government services;
3) Support communities on their projects on the implementation of the local policies;
4) Structure an European network,
5) Propose a training catalog on flood risk management


  1. 1.    Represent nationally the communities


  • Take part in national exchanges on the evolution of public policies

Actively participate in the working groups set up by the state representatives as part of the implementation of the National Flood Risk Management Strategy, and all flood risk consultations


Contribute actively to the reflection on the legislative or regulatory developments concerning the flood risk management policy.


  • Mobilize on the 2018 flood risk management tools


Support in understanding the texts and methods to contribute to a greater involvement of local authorities in all ongoing processes,

Ensure that the communities are the primary stakeholders in the implementation of all new flood risk management tools.


  • Provide expertise to the Joint Commission on Inundation (CMI- Commission Mixte Inondation-) and the Advisory Council for the Prevention of Major Natural Hazards (COPRNM- Conseil d’orientation pour la prévention des risques naturels majeurs-)


Support CEPRI representatives


  1. 2.    Innovate by developing new tools: adaptation to live in a flood zone along rivers and shorelines


  • Improve knowledge

Support the deployment of the multicriteria analysis methodology (CMA- méthodologie d’analyse multicritères).
Take part in reflections allowing better consideration of the risk of runoff
Support the deployment of the national vulnerability repository


  • To sensitize the populations and to participate in the acquisition of adapted behavior of the populations

Propose awareness strategies and recommendations on the evolution of tools and,
Structure an overview of the use of new information and communication technologies in terms of risk awareness.


  • Planning sustainably while adapting territories to climate change

To work on a feedback experience concerning the taking into account of the different types of flood risks in the documents of urban planning, in connection with the evolutions of the tool PPR (Risks Prevention Plan – Plans de Prévention des Risques).

To support local authorities to take advantage of the urban renewal operations in order to reduce the vulnerability of the territories.

Initiate a basis of reflection to allow the deployment of multi-benefit solutions in the context of development projects that integrates water and associated flood risks.


  • Manage the crisis / Anticipate the return to normal of the territory

Support pilot operations of local authorities and their services to test and consolidate the Continuity Plan of the Activity (PCA- Plan de Continuité d’Activité-) method, as a necessary support for crisis management and a facilitator of the return to normalcy.

Identify the key issues of normalization and post-disaster reconstruction, including the concept of "build back better".

Produce crisis management support documents, simple, operational and easily exploitable.
Experiment the CEPRI guide on the planning of massive evacuations on pilot sites.


  • Organise the acquisition of GEMAPI (aquatic environment management and flood prevention - gestion des milieux aquatiques et prévention des inondations) competency

Support local authorities in the acquisition of GEMAPI skills through the exchange of good practices, the writing of educational documents and participation in meetings and training.
Support procedures to improve legislative and regulatory provisions.


  1. 3.    Support local authorities in their local policies
  • Support local pilot actions by communities in the context of local risk management strategies and flood prevention action programs

Support the implementation of local strategies and PAPIs (Flood Prevention Action Programs -Programmes d'Actions de Prévention des Inondations), taking into account, in particular, changes in the PAPI system related to the new specifications that will come into effect on January 1st, 2018 (AMC, environmental analysis, etc.).


  • Promote the exchange of experiences between operational actors

Build networks of capitalization, sharing and dissemination of good practices in flood management. Develop and expand their audience, with special attention to:

  • Local authorities and national services with local risk management strategies
  • Current and future PAPI holders, and their contractual partners,
  • Enrich the Resource Center at the service of the Communities

Through the website of CEPRI, the writing and the dissemination of notes on important documents (reports, decrees, and circulars) as well as the production and dissemination of educational guides and reports applied to the issues faced by local authorities.


  1. 4.    Structure an European network
  • Organize a good practices network between European actors
  • Participate in ongoing European projects
  • Follow the work of the European institutions on the directive flood and on civil security issues

Participate in the European Commission Working Group F and the “Community of users” working group.
Monitor the implementation of European projects related to flood risk (H2020, Interreg ...).


  1. 5.    Offer training adapted to the needs of local authorities

To allow a better appropriation of the methodologies exposed in the guides of the CEPRI and to bring to the representatives of the local authorities the tools of help to the public decision most adapted to their territory.




2. International projects


- Member of the Working Group F (European Commission)

6 EXPERIENCE in European projects – CEPRI has participated in the following European projects:


  • Member
  • Stakeholder Board
  • External Expert




  •  Networking of risk prevention actors in France: More than 50 technical meetings organized.



4. Activity Programs




5. Annual Reports