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

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 EA 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, and 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.

he project will:

• Gather historical evidence to support the exploration of future funding policy options for FCERM maintenance
• Explore examples of cooperation as well as purely monetary aspects e.g. involving payment in kind through work undertaken on the maintenance or operation of assets
• Identify past case studies and analyse them to draw out lessons learnt and the pros and cons of different approaches
• Draw particularly on experience from within the EA, as well as looking more widely at whether there is any potentially relevant experience from abroad
• Develop a report to support the exploration of policy options – the report will not need to contain recommendations
• Consider the existing mechanisms/powers that can be used to secure contributions towards maintenance, both by asset/groups of assets and by contribution to local or region-wide levies and charges
• Consider the impact on existing local or regional funding mechanisms e.g.: general drainage charges that any alternative approaches to funding FCERM maintenance may have.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : FD2678 FCERM Maintenance Final Report   (1029k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2014

Cost: £36,970
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Royal Haskoning
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management