In collaboration with Dutch experts, local authorities in the Thessalian region are actively working on a comprehensive plan designed to fortify the Thessalian plain against potential weather-related challenges.

This initiative, set to conclude by the end of February, places a strong emphasis on protecting the agricultural sectors from floods, with a particular focus on water management for economic activities such as farmland, livestock farms, and industries.

The study encompasses a thorough analysis of the Thessalian plain, including field visits and mapping conducted by Dutch experts in collaboration with local authorities.

By assessing various factors such as soil quality, vegetation, rock formations, economic activities, rivers, and microclimates, the study aims to calculate the water-receiving capacity of each area.

A notable component of the plan is the concept of “controlled flood zones.”

In scenarios involving heavy rainfall, these zones, strategically located away from residential and industrial structures, would serve as outlets for excess water.

This approach ensures the safeguarding of main water systems and effective control of runoff.

In the event of heavy rainfall and subsequent flooding, farmers within these controlled flood zones may receive compensation from the state for any damages incurred.

The proposal envisions the establishment of a dedicated fund in the state budget to provide annual compensation to affected farmers.

To further enhance preparedness, the initiative includes comprehensive educational programs for residents in flood-prone areas.

These programs aim to inform residents about safety measures and evacuation routes, empowering the community to adopt a proactive approach to managing natural disasters.

While the overall cost of the project is still under assessment, ongoing efforts are concentrated on education programs and scenario planning.

The Dutch-led initiative recognises the importance of community engagement and knowledge dissemination for effective disaster response.