Flooding – Caste Debates

Begonia Filgueira | 10 years ago

Climate change predictions indicate that rising sea levels and more frequent and severe rainstorms will increase the risk of flooding on a global scale. Management of land and river systems by building and maintaining flood and coastal defences is deemed essential but in the UK other preventative measures relating to inland flooding are subject to debate: dredging and pumping give benefit to a few but increase the speed of run off and risk of flooding to those downstream; counter proposals include making the uplands more water absorbent by, for example, reforestation, restoration of bogs, and more ponds, sluices and water storage projects. Inevitably, funding will be a major problem.



Science: Professor Paul Bates, Head of the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol.

Law: Matthew Townsend, Partner, Allen & Overy

Policy: Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell OBE, Middlesex University.

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About the author

Begonia Filgueira

Begonia is a specialist in Environmental Law, governance and negotiation. Her career now spans 20 years having started as an environmental lawyer in the City. She is a dually qualified UK Solicitor and Spanish Abogada who provides legal advice, trains professionals and carries out complex research in the areas of International and EU environmental law. She also advises on treaty negotiations and implementation of EU law. Begonia has advised UNEP, UNDP, the European Commission, DEFRA and DOENI. She also advises industry and NGOs on environmental policy and regulation. BREXIT negotiations is her current area of specialism.