Evidence review of the concept of flood resilience
As set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, the UK government intends to boost the long-term
resilience of our homes, businesses, infrastructure and the environment and reduce harm
from natural hazards including flooding and coastal erosion. The Draft National Flood and
Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy for England calls for
transformational action on resilience and adaptation. The move towards “flood resilience”
from “flood risk management” reflects the need to diversify strategies to enable people to
live well in the context of floods. However, there is no one agreed definition of resilience
and its conceptualisation and its application varies.
Defra commissioned this project to review the concept of flood and coastal erosion
resilience and how it can be used in a resilience approach for FCERM in England and
Wales. The report describes the main frameworks for defining and conceptualising flood
resilience, drawing on a growing body of academic and ‘grey’ (not peer-reviewed) literature
as well as examples from practice in the UK and internationally.
UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
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