Flood Management in Borderlands (2010–2012)

Based around the Bowmont-Glen, Eddleston and Wooler Water, the aim of this project was to help develop better resilience to flooding, in rural areas, through natural flood management. It supported the development of networks and creative knowledge exchange and cooperation between stakeholders including land managers, members of statutory agencies, and local government, businesses and people.


This project looked at the administrative difficulties of managing a river across a border; a river with complex environmental designations and rural development regimes that make integrated management a real challenge. The project worked with Tweed Forum to ensure continual exchange between researchers and stakeholders.

Outputs from the project include:
Flood Management in Borderlands: Final Research Report (Report, 2012)
– A large-scale Catchment Model (for the purposes of demonstrating natural flood management in a rural landscape)
A Guide to using Community Mapping and Participatory-GIS (Handbook, 2012)
Exchanging Knowledge for Flood Risk Management in Borderlands (Video, 2012)

The partners on this project were:
– Elizabeth Oughton (lead) (Newcastle University)
– Nicola Bissett and Lorna Anness (Tweed Forum)
– Louise Bracken (Geography, Durham University)
– Steve Cinderby and John Forrester, (Stockholm Environment Institute, York University)
– Andrew Donaldson (Planning, Newcastle University)
– David Passmore, (Geography, Newcastle University)
– Christopher Spray and Brian Cook (UNESCO Centre for Water Law, Policy and Science, University of Dundee)