Website launched to support natural flood management projects

A website bringing together those with a professional interest in natural flood management has been launched this week in Scotland.

Image: Dr Mary Gillham Archive Project (CC BY 2.0)
Image: Dr Mary Gillham Archive Project (CC BY 2.0)

The Natural Flood Management (NFM) Network Scotland website (nfm.scot) is intended as a collaborative platform for policymakers, researchers, landscapers, and anyone else involved in delivering sustainable flood risk management in Scotland.

Scotland's environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: "Having visited flood protection projects across Scotland, I have seen the benefits of working with nature to reduce flood risk.

"The Scottish Government is committing £42 million annually to protect homes in many of our most flood-prone areas. To fully capitalise on this, it is essential that we share our excellent practical and scientific skills, and this new network will help ensure that natural flood management actions are successfully delivered across Scotland."

Several natural flood management studies are already taking place around Scotland with more due under Local Flood Risk Management plans, and the new platform is intended to share and co-ordinate these.

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) chief executive Terry A’Hearn said: "SEPA works every day to help Scotland be better prepared for future increased flooding. A vital part of that is working with our partners to identify how we can better manage flood risk, and the new NFM Network Scotland portal will be of great benefit to our staff in their roles."

He added that natural flood management "also provides an opportunity to improve natural habitats for wildlife and increase community amenity".


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