FD2622 - Understanding the Impact of FCERM on the Causes of Climate Change (Preliminary Study)

Theme:Strategy and Policy Development
Project status:Completed
Start date:24/07/2008
End date:01/03/2010
Contractor:
  • Economics for the Environment Consultancy
Contact:

PROJECT SUMMARY

The purpose of this research project is to improve understanding of the climate change impact of flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM) policy in England.

The approach to addressing the research aims was a desk-based assessment of secondary sources of data.

Key  Findings:
 - This project provides a broad view of flood risk management and the science and methods of measuring green house gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration.

 - The analysis undertaken also indicates that it is likely that intervention in flood and coastal erosion risk management plays a role in avoiding GHG emissions in the short-term that would arise in the absence of active intervention). However key gaps remain, particularly in relation to providing a detailed account of threats and opportunities for the release/abatement of GHG emissions from FCERM policy.

 - While FCERM avoids emissions resulting from flooding in the shorter term, it may in the long term perpetuate activities (land uses or patterns of development) that have higher carbon emissions, and higher avoided emissions due to avoided flooding, than would otherwise be the case.

 - Evidence gaps remain, particularly in relation to providing a detailed account of threats and opportunities for the release/abatement of GHG emissions from FCERM policy.