Benefits of flood defences outweigh costs says study


Study has shown that the long-term benefits far outweigh the cost - across the world

Co-author Professor Paul Bates, of Bristol University's school of geographical sciences and one of the co-authors of the research, said: "We've known for some time in countries such the Netherlands and the UK the economic benefits of building flood defences far outweigh the costs.

"Investment in flood defences is an effective measure for a wide range of countries and the study done by the Bristol University's school of geographical sciences helps to provide policy makers with the evidence they need to better protect their populations."

It's even possible to reduce economic damage to below today's levels - even when global warming, growing populations and urbanisation are taken into account.

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