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What is the national FCERM strategy for England?
The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 requires the Environment Agency to 'develop, maintain, apply and monitor a strategy for flood and coastal erosion risk management in England'. We developed the strategy, and supporting documents, jointly with Defra to ensure that it reflects government policy on FCERM and related issues. It has also been heavily informed by stakeholder input and the public consultation process.
This strategy describes what needs to be done by all organisations involved in flood and coastal erosion risk management. These include local authorities, internal drainage boards, water and sewerage companies, highways authorities, and the Environment Agency. They all act to reduce the risk of flooding and coastal erosion, and manage its consequences.
The strategy sets out a statutory framework that will help communities, the public sector and other organisations to work together to manage flood and coastal erosion risk. It will support local decision-making and engagement in FCERM, making sure that risks are managed in a co-ordinated way across catchments and along each stretch of coast. This includes the development of local flood risk management strategies by lead local flood authorities, as well as our strategic overview of all sources of flooding and coastal erosion.
National FCERM strategy for England - a summary
A summary of the national FCERM strategy has been published to provide an overview of what it will deliver and what it means for different organisations and the public.
Case studies to help support the implementation of the strategy
We have published a series of case studies to help support the implementation of the national strategy and to make it a reality. These illustrate some of the approaches recommended in the strategy, such as partnership working and joint partnership funding:
A national FCERM strategy for Wales
The Welsh Government has published a national FCERM strategy for Wales which establishes the strategic framework for flood and coastal erosion risk management in Wales. Further details are available on the Welsh Government's website.
Supporting advice and guidance
The Flood and Water Management Act sets out new responsibilities for flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities. This includes a new duty on all relevant authorities to co-operate. Statutory Guidance on co-operation and requesting information will help support this new duty. It sets out what co-operation means for the purposes of the Flood and Water Management Act in England, and how the power to request information should be used in a reasonable way.
A list of advice and guidance that is currently available to support FCERM activities and elements of the national strategy.
A Statement of environmental particulars (and Post-adoption statement) have been published alongside the strategy. This explains how the results of the Strategic Environmental Assessment consultation on the national strategy have been taken into consideration.
New advice for climate change and flood and coastal risk management has now been published. This advice replaces the Defra 2006 guidance 'Treatment of climate change impacts' using the latest science from UK Climate Projections 2009, UKCP09. This applies to England only.