Tony Juniper: s we reflect on the misery and pain caused by recent floods, a consensus is emerging about the need to work more with nature in alleviating the scale and frequency of future incidents. George Eustice, the environment secretary, council leaders and residents have all spoken of how we might better use natural features and processes to slow the flow of water from the land, thereby reducing the risk of it ending up in homes and businesses downstream. Essentially, if our landscapes can become rougher greener “sponges”, richer in wildlife, they will store more water upstream and release it gradually, diminishing the negative effects of floods and drought. On the coast and estuaries they can create spaces for tidal floodwaters and absorb energy from waves to help manage erosion and flooding.
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