Scottish Land & Estates has welcomed today’s announcement by the Scottish Government of an action plan to bolster flood protection.
Launched by Environment Minister Aileen McLeod, the Flood Risk Management Plan contains 14 local strategies and proposals for 42 flood protection schemes or engineering works planned for 2016 until 2021. The plan will be supported by investment of £235 million to protect 10,000 properties.
Anne Gray, Policy Officer (Environment) said: “"Scottish Land & Estates is fully supportive of the Scottish Government and SEPA's Flood Risk Management Plan and we welcome the £235 million investment it brings.
“We have worked with the government and SEPA on the development of the Plan and we believe it points to a positive way forward for future flood risk alleviation. The factors that cause flooding are complex and tend to be area specific.
“However, flood events seem to be becoming more frequent and a mix of measures will be required to help alleviate the worst effects. This will almost certainly involve some natural flood management, such as peatland restoration, tree planting and the use of flood plains. Putting these measure in the right place and ensuring a balanced approach that recognises when such measures impact on farming and other land uses is vital to a successful outcome. Our members recognise there is a pressing public need for effective solutions and we are committed to assisting with those solutions. In particular we wish to see the development of both public and private environmental markets pushed forward. This approach has been successfully trialled in a number of areas, such as through the Woodland and Peatland Codes, but it needs to become much more mainstream if we are to make meaningful progress with an environmentally resilient countryside.”