The International Levee Handbook

The International Levee Handbook (ILH) offers international good practice on levees based on current knowledge and experience from six countries in one single, comprehensive handbook.

This 1350+page handbook provides a guide to the evaluation, design, implementation, maintenance and management of levees.
Levees, otherwise known as flood embankments or dikes, are a vital part of modern flood risk management. Many towns and cities would be uninhabitable without them. It is estimated that there are several hundreds of thousands of kilometres of levees in Europe and the USA alone.

Launched in 2013, the International Levee Handbook (ILH) offers international good practice on levees based on current knowledge and experience from six countries in one single, comprehensive handbook. This 1350 page handbook provides a guide to the evaluation, design, implementation, maintenance and management of levees.

The ILH has been well received internationally as well as in the six participating nations (USA, Germany, Netherlands, France, UK and Ireland) where each country is currently discussing the continuity of the communities of practices that were established through the project.

Recognising the geotechnical work undertaken as part of the ILH, the project was awarded Highly Commended in the International category at the 2014 Ground Engineering Awards. 

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Owen Jenkins, Research Director
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