Policy paper

National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

The strategy sets out a vision of a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100.



The Environment Agency has a statutory duty to develop, maintain, apply, and monitor a national flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) strategy for England.

The Environment Agency updated the Draft National FCERM Strategy for England following a public consultation in 2019.

The Secretary of State laid the revised strategy before Parliament on 14 July 2020. This was a requirement of section 7(9) of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The act also states:

  • what the strategy must cover

  • that it requires public consultation

  • that the Secretary of State must approve it

Government adopted the strategy on 25 September 2020. Risk management authorities must now take the strategy into account in their activities.

You should read the final adopted strategy with the supporting documents:

Published 14 July 2020
Last updated 2 March 2021 + show all updates
  1. Habitats regulations assessment replaced with a more accessible document.

  2. The strategy was adopted on 25 September 2020 and supporting documents added.

  3. First published.