A report has been published today by Scotland's Centre of Expertise for Waters on "Communities at risk of flooding and their attitudes towards natural flood management". The project team at the James Hutton Institute explored factors that affect community support for Natural Flood Management (NFM) and to understand the extent to which flood risk communities support NFM. They discussed NFM in focus groups in four Scottish communities at risk of flooding. The project found that such communities may often have an interest in learning about NFM. This includes learning more about different NFM measures, uncertainties, and trade-offs, as well as the overall process and timings of Flood Risk Management (FRM) planning and delivery. Therefore, it will be useful to share more information about NFM, ideally backed up by examples, and framed in terms of how it fits with overall FRM. Many of the outcomes of this research relate to good practice in community engagement on FRM. This reinforces the need to maintain and build good relationships with communities, and to engage with them about all aspects of FRM.
The project outputs provide information to help responsible authorities engage positively with communities in relation to NFM. The report can be accessed via the link below.