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Evidence review of the concept of flood resilience - FD2716

Description
As set out in the 25 Year Environment Plan, the government intends to boost the long-term resilience of homes, businesses, infrastructure and the environment and reduce harm from natural hazards including flooding and coastal erosion. The Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England calls for transformational action on resilience and adaptation. The move towards “flood resilience” from “flood risk management” reflects the need to diversify strategies to enable people to live well in the context of floods. However, there is no one agreed definition of resilience and its conceptualisation and its application varies.

This project reviewed the main frameworks for defining and conceptualising flood resilience, and how it can be used in a resilience approach for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management.

The project is published in three documents:
•The final report- describes the main frameworks for defining and conceptualising flood resilience, drawing on a growing body of academic and ‘grey’ (not peer-reviewed) literature as well as examples from practice in the UK and internationally.
•Appendix 1 Quick Scoping Review- covers the main approaches to flood resilience currently in existence and the use of metrics to implement resilience approaches. This draws on a growing body of literature as well as examples from practice in the UK and internationally.
•Appendix 2 Role of Assets in Resilience- presents information about how the role of flood defence assets in overall flood resilience could be captured by resilience metrics
Objective
The primary objective of this project was to review the concept of flood and coastal erosion resilience and how it can be used in a resilience framework for managing FCERM in England and Wales. The specific objectives were to:
•Provide evidence from peer-reviewed and grey literature and unpublished reports on the main approaches to flood resilience that are currently in use and also look at the use of metrics in implementing resilience approaches.
•Support the consideration by FCERM policymakers and practitioners of resilience concepts, frameworks and metrics, how these could best be implemented in policy and how to address any barriers to implementation.
•Facilitate cross-Government consideration of how to align concepts of resilience, including the identification of the most suitable concepts and metrics and how they could be put into operation.
•Provide an assessment of the advantages and disadvantages of each resilience approach identified.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final report resilience   (648k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 1 Quick Scoping Review   (1525k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 2 Role of Assets in Resilience   (356k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2019

To: 2020

Cost: £67,980
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Collingwood Environmental Planning
Keywords
Flood Management              
Fields of Study
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management