FD2678 - Funding Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Maintenance: Learning from Existing and Past Practice

Theme:Strategy and Policy Development
Project status:Completed
Start date:01/01/2013
End date:01/06/2014


The Environment Agency works to reduce the risk of flooding by undertaking maintenance work on main rivers, river and sea defences and on other structures and features associated with Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management. Funding for routine maintenance activities is typically allocated annually, subject to economic justification.

Government is keen to explore other options for increased collaboration in funding maintenance work, drawing in funding from non-Government sources where appropriate, and for improved collaboration and partnership working between the Environment Agency and others with an interest in maintenance activities, including farmers and landowners. 

The project will identify and present evidence that will inform the development of the Partnership Funding approach. It will assess how the Partnership Funding policy objectives have been met. In order to support the exploration of policy options in this area, it is important that we learn from experience, both in the UK and abroad, of cases where different approaches to funding and undertaking maintenance work have been previously been tried out. This project will identify and analyse all such potentially relevant examples and ensure that lessons are learned from this previous experience and fed into the future development of policy options around funding for maintenance.