How the Environment Agency will manage government investment to reduce flood risk and coastal erosion in England.
Between April 2015 and March 2021, the government will invest £2.3 billion in more than 1,500 projects to reduce the risks of flooding or coastal erosion across England.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) investment plan sets out how this commitment will transform flood and coastal erosion risk management over the coming 6 years. This programme of work will reduce flood risk to more than 300,000 households by March 2021.
The programme of flood and coastal erosion risk management investment includes projects developed by local authorities, internal drainage boards and the Environment Agency. These risk management authorities work with communities to develop schemes.
The live nature of the programme means that the details will need to be updated from time to time. The latest update was in August 2015. This reflects the programme consented by Regional Flood and Coastal Committees in February 2015 and announced by the previous government on 18 March 2015. You can also view the 6 year investment programme on an interactive map. The Environment Agency is currently updating the interactive map. It will be available again after 14 March 2016.
The Environment Agency first published details of the programme in December 2014.
The long-term investment scenarios 2014 is an updated analysis of future investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management over the next 50 years. This investment programme is in line with those recommendations.