Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management National Strategy Information

Closes 1 Oct 2019

Opened 1 Jul 2018


(Please note, this is an information page and the formal consultation is not yet open. The dates at the top right hand side of this page state when the information page opened and is due to close.  For more information about the formal consultation launch, please scroll to the end of this page and see the text in the green box.)


The future is going to be challenging. Our climate is changing with increased risk of stormy weather and rainfall. Our population is growing. And society has high expectations. Between us we will face difficult decisions about how to manage the impact of this on flood and coastal erosion risk. We need a vision for the future - a strategy – to help us make those decisions in the right way.

We began a collaboration in 2017 with the very people who will be affected by flood risk or coastal erosion, to deliver the national flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) strategy. Working with a small group of partners from across the flood family, we scoped the questions we need to ask of ourselves. The group synthesised this into four core questions, which formed the basis of the Working Groups.

You can find more information about these individual Working Groups, as well as key documents coming from their meetings by clicking on the links below. There is also information available about the FCERM Ambition for 2050 and the Evidence Pack which informed the Scoping phase, and is continuing to be developed.

We have received a wealth of information from the working groups and from others, which we are now using to prepare for the formal public consultation.

What do we all want to protect and how collectively can we fund it?

How can we all put water at the heart of everyone’s decision making?

  • Communities & Businesses Working Group - What part do individuals, communities and businesses play? What should our expectations be of each other? How can we improve the way we work together?

What part do individuals, communities and businesses play?

How do we develop the current roles and responsibilities of professional partners to be effective, simple and clear?



Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)

Part of the process of creating a new National FCERM Strategy includes a Strategic Environmental Assessment. This is a legal part of the process and we are keen to ensure that our new Strategy will work in the long term for both people and the environment.

The first part of this process is the Scoping Report, which identifies the potential ways in which our Strategy could impact on the environment. That report is now complete and available for you to read here.

If you have comments on the report, please follow the instructions on “How to Comment within the report”.  


As EU exit and the approaching March deadline is leading to reprioritisation across government, we have decided to postpone the publication of the FCERM Strategy consultation from January 2019 to allow better timing for getting your views.

A formal consultation on the draft FCERM Strategy is now being rescheduled for as soon as possible after March 2019, and we will continue to keep you updated.

If you wish to know more or would like to get involved, please email the team at FCERMstrategy@environment-agency.gov.uk


  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Fishing clubs and representative associations
  • Members of the public with an interest in the river, the species and conservation
  • Businesses
  • Charities
  • Statutory organisations
  • NGOs
  • Members of the public
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Local councils
  • Academics
  • The nuclear industry
  • All water abstractors
  • Environment Agency customers
  • Net fishing license holders
  • River based salmon angling owners/fishing clubs/organisations
  • Individual migratory salmonid licence holders
  • Business that buy salmon/supported by salmon net and rod fishing
  • Angling trade contacts
  • National based fishery, conservation and landowner organisations
  • Government family organisations
  • IDBs
  • Local authorities
  • District and parish councils
  • Environmental bodies
  • Land owners
  • Farming associations
  • Drainage associations
  • RFCCs
  • Elected representatives, including MPs
  • Water companies
  • Members of the public
  • Recreational and commercial river users
  • Community groups
  • Flood action groups
  • Metal recycling trade associations and site operators
  • Operators
  • UK Border Force
  • Medium Combustion Plants
  • Trade associations and business
  • Other regulators
  • Members of the public
  • Community groups
  • Non-governmental organisations with an interest in environmental issues
  • Environment Agency colleagues
  • Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • Local Risk Management Authorities
  • Flood Resilience Forums
  • Somerset Rivers Authority
  • Members of the public
  • Town and parish councils
  • Regional Flood and Coastal Committees
  • Internal Drainage Boards


  • Business and industry
  • Flood management
  • Coastal management
  • Fishing and boating
  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Drought
  • Habitats and wildlife
  • Permits