- 10th May 2019
- Posted by: Sophie Bunker
- Category: News
Yesterday, the Environment Agency launched the draft of the new National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England.
The draft strategy sets out a vision for ‘a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100.’ It has three ambitions:
- Climate resilient places
- Today’s growth and infrastructure to be resilient in tomorrow’s climate
- A nation of climate champions, able to adapt to flooding and coastal change through innovation.
In her speech yesterday, Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, commented:
“Just as there have always been floods and droughts, the map of England has never been static. Rivers and the coastline have always been changing, and this has always brought risks. Climate change is currently accelerating, and multiplying these risks.”
She added, “The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 says ‘The Environment Agency must develop, maintain, apply and monitor a strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England’. The draft strategy we present today – created with 90 partner organisations, including DEFRA – gives the country the opportunity to help choose the best path forward.”
Evidence base and engagement process
We were one of the 90 partner organisers Emma mentions, involved throughout the engagement process by attending and supporting stakeholder workshops. We also developed the evidence base that informed the strategy.
“Climate change is at the forefront of the public and policy-makers’ awareness and the Environment Agency and partners have taken a clear step towards increasing our climate resilience through this strategy. We are pleased to have been involved in the strategy development and will continue to do so’ commented Rachel Brisley, Associate Director who leads our Policy, Strategy and Research service.
Releasing the draft strategy kicks off an eight-week consultation period where people and organisations who are affected by flooding and coastal change can give their views on the strategy.