Greening Flood Protection Schemes

Floating Ecosystems

Soften the impact of flood defence walls and replace lost habitat



Waterfront cities and towns worldwide are upgrading their flood defences. Interventions often involve the construction of flood-walls. While these walls provide the necessary protection, the downside is that the waterfront becomes increasingly hard-edged, leading to a loss of amenity value and biodiversity. The result of this is that we become increasingly walled off and disconnected from the water environment.  Floating Riverbanks transform these flood defence walls into green and diverse ecosystems that are integrated into the environment.

Protected & Biodiverse

Because flood protection walls are often drastic interventions in an urban landscape, they should be designed in such a way that they fit in the existing urban fabric. Floating ecosystems can dramatically soften the impact of these walls and provide habitat space where this would otherwise be lost. This way, the city can enjoy and embrace its waterways, while staying protected during flood events.

"We’ve been really pleased with the service provided by Biomatrix from the initial design advice through to maintenance. The engagement day with the local school was a big success. The floating ecosystem is a great product and has enabled a valuable habitat to be created in front of the new flood defence. The plants were quick to establish and required little maintenance."

Connor McIlwrath, Senior Environmental Project Manager, Environment Agency

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Find out how Floating Ecosystems were applied to soften the impact of a flood defence wall in Northwich by reading the Case Study >