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Go with the flow to ease flooding in Scotland   - Wednesday, February 13, 2008


RSPB Scotland warmly welcomes the launch of the consultation on a Scottish flooding Bill today.

Andrea Johnstonova, Freshwater Policy Officer said:

"We welcome the government's commitment to sustainable flood management, which is long overdue for Scotland. This is especially important given that rainfall patterns are predicted to change, including some significant increases due to climate change.

Flood management should no longer only be about hard flood defences - part of the solution must be to work with nature rather than against it, by promoting natural flood management such as the restoration of uplands, wetlands and re-connecting rivers to their floodplains. This allows rivers to function in a more natural way, helping to manage flooding by storing and slowing the flow of water, whilst also creating amazing wetland habitats for birds and other wildlife.

We will be taking part in the consultation exercise and closely examining the Government's proposals."