FD2606 - Who benefits from flood management policies

Theme:Strategy and Policy Development
Project status:Completed
Start date:29/05/2007
End date:31/01/2008
  • Flood and Coastal Defence,
  • Land,
  • Environmental Protection,
  • Flood Defence,
  • Policy Development
  • HR Wallingford Ltd


This project presents a methodology for assessing Who Benefits from Flood Management Policies. this methodology has been developed to provide a systematic way of considering a wide range of potential beneficiaries, to organise information, and to provide a consistent structure for an analysis of the size and scale of the benefits they receive. It has shown promise as an analysis tool and further stages of the research could consider developing the approach to provide a more formalised procedural tool supported by appropriate guidance and support in its application and use. In terms of case study results some notable findings were as follows: In Carlisle, businesses tended to be the main beneficiary of FCERM activity. For West Bay, the environmental and amenity benefits were low relative to the benefits to properties at risk, and the flow of resources back to Government in taxes was not insignificant, at between 10% and 15% of the contractor’s costs.


The broad aims of the project are: (i) To understand what groups of beneficiaries (and losers) there are from flood and coastal erosion risk management policies and programmes, and (ii) To develop and trial methodologies for assessing the social, economic and environmental benefits and losses to these groups.



The methodology developed will provide a transparent, consistent and effective approach for assessing the benefits and losses of flooding and coastal erosion policy.