Managing borderlands: adaptive decision making amongst specialists and non-specialists

Lead Research Organisation: Newcastle University
Department Name: Agriculture Food and Rural Development


The aim of this project is to help develop better resilience to flooding through natural flood management in a rural area. It will do this by supporting the development of networks of knowledge exchange and cooperation between stakeholders including land managers, statutory agencies, local government, businesses, and lay people.

The area to be studied lies on the English-Scottish border, covering sub-catchments of the river Tweed. The landscape includes moorland, forestry, upland livestock grazing and arable farming. The region suffered severe flooding in 2008 and 09 and climate change projections suggest more severe weather in future. There is thus a strong need to increase flood resilience. In addition to the administrative difficulties of managing a river across a border the area is subject to complex environmental designations and rural development regimes that make integrated management difficult.

The project will work with the Tweed Forum, a charitable organisation committed to sustainable catchment management that brings together stakeholders across the border. An important part of the project is to understand how different stakeholders learn as new knowledge becomes available, both quantitative and qualitative methods will be used.


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Description Building model to demonstrate the ways in which land managemetn can affesct flooding. This model was used by Tweed Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The model developed by the research team was built by Tweed Forum. Co-funding was used to provide a trailer and the model taken to agricultural shows, fairs and public events to show the general public the importance of land management in flood management
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013,2014,2015