List the social economic and environmental benefits of embankments


  • Safer from flooding due to the increased carrying capacity of the river so the risk of flooding to nearby settlements is reduced.
  • Embankments are often used for walking routes which makes the embankment a more attractive walkway for local people.


  • Cheap compared to other methods of hard engineering


  • Habitats are provided for riverbank animals such as otters, voles and kingfishers

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