Guidance

Guidance for risk management authorities on sustainable development in relation to their flood and coastal erosion risk management functions

Provides the overarching framework for future action by all risk management authorities to tackle flooding and coastal erosion in England.

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The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 requires flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities (that did not previously have such a duty) to aim to contribute towards the achievement of sustainable development when exercising their flood and coastal erosion risk management functions.

The Act also requires the Secretary of State to issue guidance on how those authorities are to discharge their duty, including guidance about the meaning of sustainable development.

The guidance for England has now been published and the Welsh Assembly Government is in the process of preparing one for Wales.

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