Total Catchment Management - is this the future?
As flood risk and water resources professionals, we tend to focus on local issues without fully addressing the wider geographical context of our work. In recent years this approach has been changing and we are starting to look at the wider context (or ecosystem) in which we live. We are having to:
- Consider multiple sources of flood risk in deriving FRM solutions
- Work with other professionals and interested parties to deliver a balanced approach with multiple benefits;
- Assess the implications of wider policy and regulations;
- Define solutions at a local and catchment wide scale;
- Build greater resilience into communities;
- Balance the value of ecological services, other land uses and the wider human impacts;
- Expand beyond our traditional boundaries and consider impacts of our decisions;
- Evaluate the positive and unintended consequences of interventions.
Examples from the UK (River Ouse in York), United States (Lower Mississippi Delta) and Australia (Water Sensitive Urban Design and Murray Darling Basin Plan) demonstrate how this total catchment management approach is:
- Defining wider opportunities, benefits and beneficiaries,
- Opening up more funding sources,
- Allowing us to build resilient communities and
- Provide benefits spanning traditional boundaries.Back to all speakers