Wales’s first National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management was launched yesterday by the Welsh Assemby Government, enabling local authorities to produce their own local strategies.
Every local authority in Wales will now produce its own strategy based on the national one. The National Strategy will be reviewed in 2016.
The National Strategy sets four objectives for the management of flood and coastal erosion risk in Wales:
- Reducing the consequences for individuals, communities, businesses and the environment from flooding and coastal erosion
- Raising awareness of, and engaging people in the response to, flood and coastal erosion risk
- Providing an effective and sustained response to flood and coastal erosion events
- Prioritising investment in the most at risk communities
Welsh environment and sustainable development minister John Griffiths launched the strategy while visiting a £12M coastal defence scheme in Borth, Ceredigion, which is expected to be completed in the new year. Griffiths said the implementation of the strategy’s objectives was the responsibility of everyone “from the Welsh Government to the Welsh Risk Management Authorities and the people of Wales themselves”.