Submission to the Environment Agency’s consultation on the Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England
In May 2019 the Environment Agency launched a consultation to seek views on its draft strategy that sets out a vision for a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change now and in the future. The revised Strategy is due for publication in Spring 2020. This paper summarises the Grantham Research Institute and CCCEP’s submission to the consultation. A pre-published version was submitted to the consultation on 4 July 2019.
The Grantham Research Institute has been actively working with policymakers and researchers for a decade to address issues around climate change adaptation and flooding. The evidence provided in this submission is based on this work, in particular the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance project, where we are collaborating with communities at risk of flooding; the EU-FP7 project ENHANCE, which focused on flood insurance; our work on the UK Climate Change Risk Assessments (CCRAs) 2 and 3, which explores risks to businesses and industry; and recent engagements with the Geneva Association on Flood Risk Governance in England and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership on implications of flood risk for mortgage portfolios. The Institute also works closely with the financial sector on integrating physical climate risk such as flood risk into scenario planning.