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The findings in the report cover the whole of England for the next 50 years.
This study builds on the 2009 long-term investment strategy. It includes improvements and updates in the analysis of risk and the value of future investment. The scenarios show how future risks from flooding and coastal erosion could change due to different investment scenarios and estimate the level of investment that would maximise benefits under different circumstances.
The study takes into account:
how development in flood plains is managed
changes in future costs to manage flooding and coastal erosion
The Environment Agency now has a more complete analysis than ever before, which:
presents findings on the investment choices over the next 50 years
shows the link between long-term investment and existing plans
sets out that current spending plans (about £750 million, including all public and third party sources) are broadly in line with optimum levels of investment over the next 10 years
makes an assessment of the risk of flooding from surface water alongside the risk of flooding from rivers and the sea
assesses the benefits of a range of flood defences and flood management measures, including structures and individual property protection
explores the potential to reduce the consequences of flooding through flood forecasting and warning
determines whether the total level of flood risk and coastal erosion can be reduced in England in the coming years