FCERM Strategy - Protection and Funding

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

This group considered the challenge of protecting – and funding – the nations’ resilience as climate change increases the risk we face. In considering protection it is not just looking at building further defences, but rather at the balance between adaptation, reducing the risk of flooding through building more schemes (including those that work with natural processes) and reducing the risk of flooding by helping homeowners and businesses to prepare.

Initial questions considered

  • Do we ‘maintain’ current protection as climate change increases risk, ‘improve’ or make a different choice?
  • What level of climate risk should we account for?
  • How can we adapt for the risk we can’t protect against?
  • What level of protection will communities and businesses have? Will / should it be the same everywhere?
  • Will certain groups (households for example) continue to be considered a greater priority?
  • How will Shoreline Management Plans be used to manage or adapt to coastal erosion?
  • How we will this be funded?
  • What will expectations be with respect to resilience in the face of climate change?
  • Will our current incident response model be able to manage this?


  • 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