Managing flood risk in Scotland
Scotland is adopting a new approach to manage the risk of
flooding. To better plan and co-ordinate actions, we are
improving our understanding of the causes and impacts of
flooding. In the past, we have relied on flood defences and
flood warnings and investment has tended to be reactive rather than
pre-emptive. This approach will anticipate future flood risk
more effectively, taking a long term and sustainable
Watch this short
animation to find out more
about our approach to managing flood risk in Scotland.
For the first time in Scotland, plans will be in place to manage
the risk from all sources of floodwaters affecting an area whether
from rivers, groundwater, coastal areas or overwhelmed drainage
networks. But you also have a role to play by recognising
that we all need to take responsibility for protecting our
families, property and businesses against the risk of flooding.
information contributing to the delivery of Scotland's first ever
Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management
Plans is now available.
This approach has been initiated by the
Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 . A leaflet which tells you more
about the Flood Risk Management Act and how it is being implemented
is available here