This manual aims to support work in natural flood management (NFM) in Scotland, UK. It is a practical resource for flood risk managers that outlines the background to NFM and helps them perform their role in meeting current and future legislation. It provides evidence of the effect of NFM on run-off rates and storage and describes the techniques required to successfully lower flood risk to communities within that catchment.
This manual also demonstrates the benefits of NFM through the River Devon Demonstration Project, which puts a range of natural flood management techniques into practice at appropriate sites throughout the catchment. As a result, the effectiveness of NFM on a catchment scale can be quantified for the first time, as well as showing how these principles can be applied to any river.