- Expected increase in the severity and frequency of flooding through climate change;
- Costs of the impacts of flooding on infrastructure, property and land use;
- Costs and potential downstream implications of hard engineering flood protection schemes;
- Increased international recognition of the benefits of a catchment wide approach to flood risk management but lack of consensus on measures;
- Wider, multiple benefits of natural flood management measures;
- Broad opportunity areas for natural flood management identified at national level; and
- Opportunity to trial and demonstrate the benefits of natural flood management on an international basis.
Annual maximum flow (AMAX) data for the River Spey at Grantown-on-Spey and River Dee at Polhollick, near Ballater
TARGETS / PREFERRED DIRECTION
- Reduced speed of water run-off from uplands;
- Creation of more diverse ecological environments;
- Integration of natural flood management techniques into other land management objectives;
- Safeguard functional flood plain and avoid inappropriate development in areas of high flood risk; and
- Effective flood defences where appropriate.
River catchment areas covering the Cairngorms National Park
MECHANISMS FOR DELIVERY
- Catchment partnerships and plans
- River basin planning
- Cairngorms Nature
- Flood Risk Management Strategies and Plans
- Development Plan
- Scottish Rural Development Programme funding
- Water Environment Fund
Indicative river flooding extent (medium probability 1 in 200 years) and Potentially Vulnerable Areas
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ISSUE 3 | KEY QUESTIONS
What land use changes are needed to deliver more effective natural flood management and how can they be supported/funded?
How can catchment management partnerships be better used to help deliver natural flood management as part of flood risk management?