Policy paper

Programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) schemes

The Environment Agency manages government investment to reduce flood risk and coastal erosion in England.



The Environment Agency is committed to reducing the risk of flooding and coastal erosion to at least 300,000 homes. This includes the risk of flooding from:

  • rivers
  • the sea
  • groundwater
  • surface water

The Environment Agency will achieve this by investing £2.6 billion in a programme of work.

The current 6 year flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) investment programme runs from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2021. The Environment Agency regularly reviews the programme to take into account changes such as:

  • serious flooding
  • local partnership funding contributions
  • new flood risk information

We develop projects to reduce flooding and coastal erosion by working with:

  • local authorities
  • internal drainage boards
  • local communities

The regional flood and coastal committees support this approach and have agreed the programme. The latest update was in March 2020.

We have included information about some projects that we expect to start before 31 March 2021 but continue beyond the end of the current programme. Projects that we expect to start after 31 March 2021 still need to be agreed. Projects starting in the current programme may not represent future investment in FCERM projects.

Published 12 April 2010
Last updated 15 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. We have reviewed and published the updated programme.

  2. Programme updated. New link to data.gov added. Programme spreadsheet removed.

  3. Updated infographic added.

  4. Programme document, and interactive map updated.

  5. Interactive map being updated. Link removed.

  6. Update to text reflecting allocations beyond 2021 and other minor changes.

  7. Please note that the project stages for some projects have been revised. This only affects projects which were previously showing as in construction which are actually in development or pipeline stages of the programme

  8. Programme document, infographic and interactive map updated.

  9. Interactive Map being updated. Link removed.

  10. Link to interactive map re-instated.

  11. Interactive map is being updated. Link removed.

  12. Interactive map is being updated.

  13. Programme document and interactive map updated.

  14. Interactive map: date expected to be available updated.

  15. Interactive map is being updated. Link removed.

  16. Because the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed to bring forward up to £60 million of flood risk management funding, more projects are now in the 6 year programme. Environment Agency have published a list of these projects as a spreadsheet and on a map.

  17. Link to long term investment scenarios 2014 added

  18. The Environment Agency has published a programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management that shows investment for the next 6 years. This is for the period 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2021.

  19. First published.