River Management - Soft Engineering

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    • Afforestation
      • Trees planted near to river.
      • Greater interception of rainwater and lower river discharge.
      • Relatively low cost option.
      • Enhances environmental quality of the drainage basin.
    • Managed / Ecological Flooding
      • The river is allowed to flood naturally in places, to prevent flooding in other areas (eg. settlements)
    • Planning
      • Local authorities and national government introduce policies to control urban development close to or on the floodplain.
      • Reduces chance of flooding and risk of damage to property.
      • May be resistance to development restrictions in areas with shortage of housing.
      • Enforcing planning regulations and controls may be harder in LEDCs.


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