Protect-NFM is an innovative £1.2 million NERC funded project which aims to demonstrate that upland restoration offers a low-cost way to reduce the risk of flooding in vulnerable rural communities, and to optimise multi-benefit restoration work for natural flood management. It is one of three to be granted funding through the Natural Environment Research Council’s Understanding the Effectiveness of Natural Flood Management programme.

The project team is made up of researchers from the University of Manchester, University of Leeds and Durham University, working in close collaboration with a range of partners. Our key project partners are Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire Environment Agency who have identified 22 communities at risk of flooding along the western fringe of the Pennines, and Moors for the Future Partnership who are actively carrying out £22 million of restoration work in the Peak District National Park.

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Project overview

What is NFM? 

Why focus on headwaters?