Flood Planning and Policy
Flooding is a river system’s natural response to occasional large weather events. When people use highly productive land on natural floodplains for socio-economic activities, protection from inundation becomes necessary. A traditional engineering-focused approach to flood control considers physical, technical, economic, and political limitations, but fails to adequately consider social, cultural, ecological and morphological constraints. This requires a more thoughtful Integrated Flood Management approach that aims to maximise the net benefits from floodplains while reducing the risks due to flooding. This approach combines traditional flood management tools with land use planning, and integrates environmental and cultural data with modern engineering tools.
Integrated Flood Management is widely accepted around the world as the best means to manage floods by balancing risk against the many diverse values associated with riparian areas, coastal shorelines and floodplains. Ebbwater Consulting is passionate about helping communities make intelligent decisions for flood management using the principles of Integrated Flood Management.
- Problem scoping and education
- Developing collaborative teams
- Flood plan development
- Communication and stakeholder engagement