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Economic Appraisal of Adaption Options in Flood Risk Management - FD2617

Evidence was gathered through a technical review of relevant literature, a series of qualitative interviews with a range of stakeholders, and a stakeholder workshop. A number of interconnected and inter-related barriers were identified. Case studies were used to test potential solutions to overcome those barriers and to identify enablers.

Even with substantial increases in Government investment in flood management in recent years, there could still be several hundred thousand properties at significant risk of flooding and isolated properties will be too costly to defend using traditional flood protection schemes. Whilst possible solutions to adaptation issues may relate to better planning and improved project management or changes to spatial planning policies, there remains a perception that FCERM options still emerge from appraisal not yielding the most adaptable solution.

The study will determine how best to accommodate adaptability (or flexibility) in FCERM decision making, at all levels from strategic to project. A strong focus will be on coastal flooding and erosion, but exploration is also required to some degree of the inland challenges - both fluvial and pluvial/urban. The work is aimed at ensuring we are capable of making decisions on solutions that are adaptable both in terms of adjusting FCERM assets and in terms of social impacts such as on the coast. The project will also examine how the economic appraisal can overcome any bias against adaptation options or difficulties in the appraisal system.
Project Documents
• Final Report : FD2617 Defra Final Report (SID5a)   (43k)
• Final Report : FD2617 Defra Project Report (SID5)   (57k)
• Technical Report : FD2617 Technical Report   (1044k)
• Technical Summary : FD2617 Technical Summary   (43k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2008

To: 2009

Cost: £128,110
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Risk Solutions
Environmental Protection              
Flood and Coastal Defence              
Flood Defence              
Policy Development              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management