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.

Applies to England



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:

On 12 May 2021, the Environment Agency published the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy Action Plan 2021.

The action plan sets out the progress made against the objectives of the Strategy and actions that we’ll complete over the next 12 months.

Published 14 July 2020
Last updated 12 May 2021 + show all updates
  1. Link added to the National FCERM Strategy Action Plan

  2. Habitats regulations assessment replaced with a more accessible document.

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

  4. First published.