Scotland consults on flood risk management

The Scottish Government and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are consulting on implementation of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.1 

The act implements the 2007 EU Floods Directive, which requires member states to conduct flood risk assessments and draw up flood risk maps and six-year flood management plans.

Like the Flood and Water Management Act in England and Wales, the Scottish act gives overall responsibility to the environmental regulator, SEPA, with lead councils playing a role in local plans.

The consultation document identifies flood plan districts, which follow catchment boundaries within river basin districts drawn up for the Water Framework Directive.

The document also details how SEPA, local authorities and Scottish Water will work together to manage flood risks, assisted by advisory groups at the river-basin and local level.

The flood planning process has not yet been devised, but SEPA intends to draw on the Water Framework Directive area advisory groups to consult with stakeholders.

Flood risk assessments must be completed by January 2012, flood risk maps by December 2013 and flood management plans by December 2015.

Responses to the consultation are required by 15 October.

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