There is growing interest in the application of natural flood management (NFM) in the UK with some notable examples in Pickering, Belford, Stroud and elsewhere. For NFM to have any significant impact, schemes need to be technically robust and simple to deliver to enable the approach to have an impact on flood risk management and deliver multiple benefits. This guidance building on existing case studies, high-level guidance and research (eg SEPA’s handbook, Environment Agency and NERC research) will present case studies, develop a design philosophy, design objectives and criteria to ensure the right outcomes are delivered. The guidance will also signpost how designing for multiple benefits can unlock different funding sources.
This proposal is being developed and we would welcome input from industry.
See the project proposal below. Please contact Paul Shaffer at CIRIA should you wish further information.