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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main frameworks for defining and conceptualising flood resilience, drawing on a growing body of academic and ‘grey’ (not peer-reviewed) literature as well as examples from practice in the UK and internationally.
Author: UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs
Language: English
Pubished By: DEFRA
Pubished date: 2020

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