FCERM Strategy - Communities and Businesses

Closed 4 Jul 2019

Opened 1 Jul 2018


This page summarises the scope we gave this working group when it began meeting in June 2018. You will find the summary documents from this working group at the bottom of this page.

What part do individuals, communities and businesses play?

This group looked at how those with statutory responsibilities work with communities and business with all being part of the flood family. It considered what our expectations should be of each other and how the way we work together can be developed and improved.

Initial questions considered

  • How do we ensure everyone is clear on what protection / level of service they can expect – and what is expected of them?
  • What would that look like and how would it be used?
  • How do we develop a common & shared language for flood and coastal risk that inspires action? And how do we describe ‘resilience’ to the public so it is seen positively?
  • How can we help stop water being seen as a ‘problem’ for society so we learn to live with the extremes?
  • How do we meet the expectations of the range of communities we serve from those who are willing and enable to play an active part and those who do not have the capacity or desire?
  • How do we reach those at risk who have never been flooded / affected by coastal change?
  • How can we make it easier for people to make their homes and businesses more easily recoverable from unavoidable floods and coastal erosion?


  • 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
  • Water resources
  • Water quality
  • Drought
  • Habitats and wildlife