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16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Slow the Flow: Nature-Based Flood Responses

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16:00 - 17:30 GMT
Thursday, 4 January 2024

Slow the Flow: Nature-Based Flood Responses

The Storm Desmond floods in 2015 cost the UK £1.6 Billion. Extreme weather patterns are impacting our farms, either with too much water or too little water. New research now shows the effectiveness of natural flood management and increasingly there is an acceptance that, for many communities, engineering our way out of crisis will not be possible – natural solutions may be the only solutions on the table. Hear from a scientist quantifying the effectiveness of Natural Flood Management (NFM) in farmland across Cumbria, an advisor finding practical management solutions (including trees), and farmers impacted by the extremes and making a difference through actively introducing water-based solutions on their farms. With growing evidence and more examples of practical solutions, this is an opportunity to discuss a countrywide problem, from source to sea.