The director of Rewilding Britain, Alistair Driver, has made a plea to the natural flood management sector to work more closely together with his organisation on projects in England and Wales' national parks that bring benefits to both biodiversity and flood risk management.
News for: NFM
During 2016 Natural England applied for an additional round of funds, through the DEFRA Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund, to promote natural flood management among groups of farmers in areas hit by floods in late 2015. A bespoke, flood focused, scheme was subsequently launched in December 2016. In North West England funds were awarded to four projects, including an application in the upper River Irwell catchment led by Groundwork MSSTT in its role as host for the Irwell Catchment Partnership.
Reducing Flood Peaks with Trees and Other Nature-Based Methods Across the English Catchment with the Largest Recorded Flood Discharge
The aim of the project is to deliver scientific evidence of the benefits of trees and other measures of 'natural flood management' to flood peak reductions for Lancaster city through a combination of innovative field measurements and a range of modelling techniques.
Schemes announced to receive £15m of natural flood management funding
Environment minister Thérése Coffey has announced details of projects which have been allocated funding for natural flood defences. As part of a drive to roll out innovative techniques to reduce flood risk. 34 community led projects have been named as winners of a £1m government funded competition, the first of its kind, enabling them to realise plans to use landscape features such as ponds, banks, meanders, channels, and trees to store, drain or slow flood water.
The Environment Agency (EA) is trialling the Thames basin’s first natural flood management scheme, in conjunction with the Evenlode Catchment Partnership.
The five-year demonstration project was designed in 2016 and a report on the chosen measures was published in May.
Mix of hard and soft approaches needed for NFM says WWF
Flood risk managers should combine multiple methods of hard and soft, structural and non-structural approaches when applying the integrated flood management, a WWF guide to natural flood risk management has recommended.
The Aldersgate Group has begun a one year green finance project, looking at how to overcome the barriers to investment in natural flood management and green infrastructure.
A new modelling study, commissioned by The Rivers Trust, shows that extensive and appropriately located Natural Flood Management (NFM) could make a significant difference to flood flows which would compliment traditional engineering measures.
The Rivers Trust has been working with JBA Consulting, Lancaster University and United Utilities to investigate how extensive NFM in large recently flooded catchments could have reduced flood flows in extreme storms, such as Storm Desmond in December 2015, which caused an estimated £500million of damage.
Stroud District Council have produced a new film to describe the technical principles of Natural Flood Management on small streams and their catchments. The film looks at the different techniques and methods they have used and how to build a variety of NFM structures in the landscape. The video describe principles, methods, design and how to maximise multiple benefits for biodiversity and water quality.
Click the link below to view the video.