Tool risk reduction measures


Infiltrating pavements/permeable surfaces; unsealing-image

Infiltrating pavements/permeable surfaces; unsealing

  • Description
  • Fields of action
  • Synergies
  • Good practice examples
  • References

Permeable paving is designed to allow rainwater to infiltrate through the surface, either into underlying layers (soils and aquifers), or be stored below ground and released at a controlled rate to surface water. Sealed surfaces can be replaced by different materials, such as gravel turf, grass pavers, concrete pavers with drainage or porous concrete. This is suitable for parking lots, cycling paths, walking paths and access roads, terraces and yards.

Fields of action Buildings,Settlement areas,Farmland,Forests
Additionally to flood risk reduction by storing surface runoff, the measure has medium or high possible benefits for the following biophysical impacts and ecosystem services: Increase infiltration and/or groundwater recharge; Filtration of pollutants; Intercept pollution pathways; Reduce erosion and/or sediment delivery

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Sabine Scharfe, Saxon State Office for Environment, Agriculture and Geology