Learn how natural flood management (NFM) can help protect us from flooding, whilst also restoring and nurturing precious ecosystems.
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In a world where climate change is reshaping our reality, flooding has emerged as a pressing concern. However, amidst this challenge, a beacon of hope shines through: natural flood management (NFM). This approach not only shields our homes but also nurtures our communities.
In the realm of flood management, two distinct paths unfold: the rugged, concrete-bound path of hard engineering, and the harmonious, nature-embracing path of soft engineering. This article delves into the latter — natural flood management. Focusing on restoration, natural processes and human engagement, all aimed at curtailing floods while honoring our environment. Let's delve into this tale of resilience and renewal.
Let's break down the benefits that natural flood management brings to the table:
In this section, we dive into the array of NFM techniques, spanning from grand landscapes to intimate backyards:
These techniques, diverse as the landscapes they enrich, bear testimony to nature's boundless creativity. But each landscape calls for its own bespoke prescription of NFM techniques, as each place is unique and NFM thrives on as little disruption as possible.
There are numerous examples of NFM triumphs across the globe that have proven to be effective in mitigating the impacts of floods on communities and their surroundings.
One in particular is close to home for us at Yoke - River Wye Natural Flood Management Project, UK
In response to the devastating floods of 2007, the UK’s river Wye NFM project emerged. This honed in on techniques such as planting trees along the river banks, creating leaky dams and re-introducing meandering rivers. The outcome, as predicted, reduced flood risk by slowing down the river water, in turn improving overall river health.
And this is just a single victory of NFM techniques, there are many many more that give us hope for resilience!
We’ve talked a lot about people being at the heart of this community and nature based solutions, so the good news is that you can be a part of it too! Here are some ways you can encourage natural flood management in your community:
Natural Flood Management isn’t merely a solution, it’s a ray of hope, in fighting the impacts of the climate crisis, hero’ing the amazing benefits of Earth’s nature and nurturing the power of community, to build a safer, kinder world - one flood-defying step at a time.
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