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We fund schemes run by local authorities and Natural Resources Wales to reduce risk of flooding and coastal erosion.

Over this Government term we will invest over £144 million capital funding in flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes.  This is in addition to the £150 million investment through the Coastal Erosion Risk Management Programme.

Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Programme

We are the primary funder of flood and coastal erosion risk management in Wales.

Prioritising investment is one of the four key objectives of the National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management.

Funding is prioritised according to national priority and based on reducing risk to life.

Funding for schemes is based on data within flood risk maps developed by Natural Resources Wales alongside information about past flood events from local authorities.

Flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes can include traditional defence structures, natural flood risk management or a combination of the two.  Flood and coastal erosion risk management schemes often have the opportunity to provide wider benefits beyond reducing risk of flooding or coastal erosion such as tourism, regeneration or biodiversity improvements.  

Some of the recently completed schemes include Lower Swansea Valley and Colwyn Bay.

Coastal Risk Management Programme

We are working with local authorities, responding to the challenges of climate change and investing in our coastal risk infrastructure.  The programme provides the opportunity £150 million of capital investment in our coastal communities with project funding commencing between  2018 and 2021.

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