Challenges to enabling and implementing Natural Flood Management in Scotland

K. A. Waylen, K. L. Holstead, K. Colley, J. Hopkins

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    We explore factors that constrain implementation of Natural Flood Management (NFM), based on qualitative analysis of interviews with those influencing and enabling flood risk management in Scotland. NFM entails collaboration by multiple individuals and organisations to plan and deliver measures such as re-meandering or buffer strips. Our interviewees identified many interacting issues. They particularly focused on difficulties in securing resources, and evidence gaps and uncertainties associated with NFM. Co-ordination was not simple, often requiring new types of skill, expertise, and resources. NFM is thus outside the ‘comfort zone’ of many leading or engaged with flood risk management. These experiences echo and elaborate on other studies of attempts to encourage sustainable flood management. To tackle these challenges, practitioners should reflect how pre-existing ideas and practices may shape and constrain new approaches to managing floods, while research is needed on specific strategies that can assist in enabling change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)S1078-S1089
    JournalJournal of Flood Risk Management
    Issue numberS2
    Early online date27 Apr 2017
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Apr 2017


    • Collaboration
    • Environmental governance
    • Flood risk management
    • Institutional analysis
    • Knowledge use


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