Well-managed floodplains can help reduce the impact of disasters such as flooding, and help to decrease the vulnerability of cities and agricultural areas which lie in the path of devastating floods such as those recently experienced in Pakistan. The floods have not only caused damage to human life, which totals around 1,400 deaths so far and displacement of more than 3.2 million people, but also the loss of agriculture crops and key infrastructure.
Ecosystems provide the natural infrastructure needed to help control heavy erosion caused by flooding, and good land management and planning practices can help in maintaining natural floodplain areas as important water stores during flood events, bringing vital silt and nutrients to the floodplain and recharging groundwater reserves.
Wetlands and natural river channels can help in reducing the impact of large floods by slowing water flows down and storing water as buffers to control flood peaks.
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