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Morley launches new flood development fund

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ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Elliott Morley used an ICE conference to launch a new flood and coastal defence development fund.

He unveiled the £1.5M Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management Fund to encourage the development of innovative solutions to flood risk management.

'The fund has £1.5M available over a period of three years and we're looking to fund at least two projects from this budget, ' he told delegates.

Morley said he wanted to see proposals that would deliver tangible results in line with the Department for the Environment Food & Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) Making space for water consultation document.This sets out proposals for future government policy on fl ood risk management in England.

Morley was speaking at the ICE's Integrating land and flood risk management: rural issues conference held to explore how land use and fl ood risk management can best be combined in rural and urban areas.

We're particularly interested in those multiple benefits, that maximise the use of available resources from a range of sources, perhaps linking with rural development, regeneration or community funds, ' said Morley.

Such approaches should prove more sustainable in the long term.' He said initial bids for funding should be sent to DEFRA by April 2006 before projects are jointly assessed with the Environment Agency.

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