Natural Flood Management Toolbox

Organisation: Environment Agency
Location: National
Type: Tools & approaches

The Natural Flood Management Toolbox signposts readers with links to further reading, advice and case study examples of NFM in action. 

We have been working with the community of Scotter in Lincolnshire to help reduce flood risk. Traditional flood schemes such as embankments and river re-profiling will provide only limited flood risk improvements and we need to consider alternative options to reduce the risk of flooding to property such as Natural Flood Management (NFM).

We were successful in obtaining some funding from Trent River Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) to develop a methodology for assessing the effects of land management practices on flood risk in the rural catchment that drains through Scotter. 

The toolbox provides a 7 step guide to developing a NFM scheme. It was developed with the support of the Trent RFCC and was inspired by the experiences of local partners working to manage flood risk in Scotter. The toolbox signposts readers with links to further reading, advice and case study examples of NFM in action. 

We developed a scope for this piece of work with CBEC Consultants. When undertaking this scoping exercise it became apparent to us that the process we went through would not be unique to our project. So we decided to summarise these steps in a toolbox which we could share with others.

The toolbox, is not specific to the Scotter catchment.  The intention is that this guidance can be used by practitioners and communities elsewhere in England with an interest in developing a project that can deliver environmental and flood risk benefits alike. 

This toolbox does not duplicate the NFM Evidence base which will be published by the Environment Agency in autumn 2017, it is a useful tool which can be used alongside it when considering NFM within a catchment. NFM is a developing area of flood risk and environmental practice and the intention is to update the toolbox based on feedback. 

Any feedback and suggestions regarding your use of the toolbox are welcomed, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the Environment Agency with your comments.

To view and download the toolbox click HERE.


The Catchment-Based Approach website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.


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