The TRIPLE C partnership will reduce flooding though a series of pilot projects.
The TRIPLE C partnership will reduce flooding in the participating catchment areas by demonstrating and validating, though a series of pilot projects, how farmers can create cost-saving water retention and erosion control measures upstream.
Co-developed by networks of farmers and water managers, these will take better control of additional rainfall at the source of the issues and result in wide ranging benefits to both the farmers and local communities and other stakeholders.
The coming decades are likely to see a higher flood risk in Europe and greater economic damage. New cost-effective solutions for improving environmental and economic resilience are needed in the region. Due to erosion and sedimentation, the buffering and discharge capacity of waterways and fields are being lost, resulting in an increased flooding risk. There is a need to implement techniques that reduce flooding by reducing water runoff and soil erosion.
Actions in the upper catchment of Somerset’s rivers which slow the flow can have a significant impact on flood depths and duration in the lower catchment and will reduce the costs associated with pumping and from infrastructure damage and economic loss due to disruptive flood events. 40 small natural flood management features such as leaky ponds will provide a simple cost effective method of reducing local flash flood risks in the upper catchment and reduce flood risk in the lower catchment.
In collaboration with Somerset Rivers Authority, FWAG SW will undertake:
TRIPLE C receives European funding from the Interreg – 2 Mers Seas Seas (www.interreg2seas.eu). This European program aims to enhance international cooperation for purposes that require international approach, such as the effects of climate change. A particular concern of the TRIPLE C project is an emphasis on a collective approach by connecting actors to generate joint actions and technical solutions in a more cost-effective way.
We will combine scientific understanding with experience of a professional group of technical practitioners who will work directly with land managers. This approach will encourage landowners to feel that they have a voice and a direct role to play.
Whilst the participating catchments have different agricultural landscapes they share similar flooding and erosion problems and each country has its own distinct approaches with associated strengths and weaknesses. There is however a market failure in that whilst low-cost techniques that offer multiple benefits exist, they are not widely implemented, and flooding problems are increasing. With a cross-border approach we can take the best of these differing approaches and skills and develop new hybrid approaches that improve the co-ordination between strategy and ground-based actions.
We are the lead partner and are responsible for the co-ordination between the partners.
Know your flood risk – Flood recovery guide
Defra flooding information
Flood Risk Regulations 2009
Somerset Drainage Board
South West Water
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010
The National Flood Forum
Sedgemoor District Council
Mendip District Council
South Somerset District Council
Somerset West and Taunton Council
Emergency & Non-emergency Flooding Contacts
Flood and Water Management Strategic Business Plan
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Household Emergency Checklist
Prepare Your Property For Flooding
Report a Flood Incident
Riparian Responsibilities – Living on the Edge leaflet
Roles and Responsibilities in Flood and Water Management
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