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14/05/2021

Flooding and coastal erosion plan launched

Words: Laura Edgar
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The Environment Agency has launched its annual action plan that outlines how, with its partners, it will prevent flooding and coastal erosion in England.

According to the agency, England is on course to receive 50 per cent more rainfall once-a-century sea level events every year by 2100.

“Major adaptation” will be needed to meet the changing climate.

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy Action Plan aims to make sure England is resilient to flooding and coastal change. The agency explained that it will also help to deliver the strategic objectives set out in its FCERM Strategy, published in July 2020. The agency is working to prepare homes and businesses against the risk of flooding that will come as a result of the climate emergency.

The action plan includes:

  • Working with the National Flood Forum to expand the network of community flood groups to support residents and local businesses to develop flood response plans and train flood wardens.
  • Working with the Property Flood Resilience Roundtable to deliver a national suite of training for the property flood resilience industry.
  • Working with partners in the Thames Estuary, Humber Estuary, Severn Valley and Yorkshire to develop long-term plans for adapting to future flooding and coastal change and climate hazards.
  • The Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) to run workshops that help local authorities attract private sector investment and green finance as a means of improving flood and coastal resilience.
  • Working with the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) to develop on-line training materials for town planners on flood risk and climate change.

Caroline Douglass, executive director, flood and coastal risk management at the Environment Agency, said: “It’s clear that the climate emergency is bringing more extreme weather and so we need to step up our efforts yet further to meet the rising flood and coastal erosion risk.

“By harnessing the collective power of the Environment Agency, the government, all our partners and local communities, this action plan will help to better protect over hundreds of thousands more homes and businesses in the years ahead.”

Innes Thomson, chief executive at the Association of Drainage Boards (ADA), said: “ADA recognises the important role Internal Drainage Boards have in delivering the FCERM Strategy, including contributing to carbon reduction.

“ADA will be developing existing carbon calculator tools to specifically help internal drainage boards to take action to reduce the carbon emissions of their operations.”

The action plan sits alongside a £5.2 billion government investment that intends to better protect 336,000 properties by 2027.

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