Designing a flood storage option on agricultural land: What can flood risk managers learn from drought management?

Bark, Rosalind H. ORCID: (2021) Designing a flood storage option on agricultural land: What can flood risk managers learn from drought management? Water, 13 (18). ISSN 2073-4441

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The increasing probability of loss and damage to floods is a global concern. Countries are united by an urgent need to reduce flood risk to households, businesses, agricultural land, and infrastructure. As natural and engineered protection erodes with climate change and development pressures, new approaches to flood risk management delivered at the catchment scale that work with nature hold promise. One nature-based solution that aligns with this Special Issue on river flooding is the temporary storage of floodwaters on the floodplain. In many countries, this would involve controlled flooding inland low-lying agricultural land. Designing schemes that farmers and irrigation districts will adopt is essential. To inform future floodplain storage options, we review farm-centred drought management, specifically, agreements that transfer agricultural water to municipalities through fallowing in California, USA and an Australian farm exit scheme. These initiatives reveal underpinning principles around the need to: balance the multiple objectives of the parties, share the benefits and responsibilities, address local impacts and practical guidance on incentive design including the consideration of conditional participation requirements and responding to farmer and public preferences. In terms of funding there is opportunity for blended financing with flood-prone communities, insurers, and conservation charities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: drought and flood management,floodplain storage,nature-based solutions,payments for farmers,water science and technology,geography, planning and development,aquatic science,biochemistry,sdg 15 - life on land,sdg 13 - climate action ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300/2312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Research Groups > Environmental Social Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 01:21
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2022 03:04
DOI: 10.3390/w13182604


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