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.

Applies to England



In the 2020 budget government doubled its investment in flood and coastal erosion scheme construction in England. They committed a record £5.2 billion between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2027.

This long-term commitment will better protect 336,000 homes and non-residential properties such as:

  • shops
  • business and industrial premises
  • schools
  • hospitals
  • transport links
  • utility sites

The Environment Agency is committed to reducing the risk of flooding. This includes the risk of flooding from:

  • rivers
  • the sea
  • groundwater
  • surface water

The new 6 year flood and coastal erosion risk management investment programme runs from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2027. The Environment Agency will regularly review 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 spring 2021.

The programme includes information about projects that are due to receive an allocation between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022. Further investment in more schemes will happen in future years.

Published 12 April 2010
Last updated 29 July 2021 + show all updates
  1. Details on new capital programme that runs from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2027 added.

  2. We have reviewed and published the updated programme.

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

  4. Updated infographic added.

  5. Programme document, and interactive map updated.

  6. Interactive map being updated. Link removed.

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

  8. 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

  9. Programme document, infographic and interactive map updated.

  10. Interactive Map being updated. Link removed.

  11. Link to interactive map re-instated.

  12. Interactive map is being updated. Link removed.

  13. Interactive map is being updated.

  14. Programme document and interactive map updated.

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

  16. Interactive map is being updated. Link removed.

  17. 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.

  18. Link to long term investment scenarios 2014 added

  19. 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.

  20. First published.