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Natural Flood Management Workshop January 2011

Tarland Burn

Understanding the opportunities and constraints for implementation of natural flood management features by farmers

In the past much flooding has been dealt with through heavily engineered defence solutions. The 2009 Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act introduces a new approach to dealing with floods. The Act recognises that there is a need for a more sustainable approach to management which is risk based and will need co-ordination and the involvement of a number of parties. Central to the concept of sustainable flood management is natural flood management (NFM) approach. NFM considers both the source and impacts of floods and promotes a catchment approach and deals with flow generation, floodplain and within river channel management. Within each of these three elements land managers play a key role. For example undertaking drainage practices that ‘slow the flow’ through increasing sub surface storage and restoration of wetlands and wet woods on flood plains. For many land managers this is a new role society is asking them to get involved with. For some it will provide a challenge of maximising food production whilst providing other ecosystem services, in this instance. Government and Agency staff need to understand these issues from a practitioners view point and see how and where NFM approaches can be incorporated and how best to achieve this.

From this background the Scottish Government sponsored two workshops to initiate increasing understanding and dialogue between these two communities. This report outlines the approach taken, the findings and proposes the next steps.


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