Keywords: Ecosystem, Corridors, Buffer-strips, Biodiversity, Agri-environment, Glastir
Current FRM initiatives seek to connect catchment managers, stakeholders and delivery teams on multiple levels – in particular, recognition of Attenuation as an EcoSystem Service has been explored as a strategy for delivery of Multiple Benefits.
- Exceedance attenuation of flood waters, particularly Q30 – Q40 (c. 2%-3% risk & currently uninsurable) events which so blight people and property.
- Biodiversity Corridors (more . . . more . . . more . . .)
- Agri-environment buffer strips (more . . .)
- Community access to rivers (more . . . & more . . . ) for amenity, health and effective regulation of rural best practice for public benefit.
- Benign geomorphology
- Statutory infestation (invasive species) compliance.
Ultimately the challenge/request is that central government consider the validity of the hypothesis that hydraulically robust biomass structures (aka 3m wide water retentive ‘Glastir’ boundary hedges) will perform as anticipated and offer a simple and practical reduction of the risk of flood damage to people and property. There is solid evidence that rigorous assessment of perceived multiple benefits would be worthwhile. Atrepo is seeking to weave liaison between water_supply, insurance, agri industry, and academia.