EA chair: All infrastructure must be flood resilient by 2050, all new development by 2030

All infrastructure must be flood resilient by 2050 with all new development resilient by 2030, according to Environment Agency (EA) chair Emma Howard Boyd.

Launching a consultation on the EA’s long-term strategy for tackling flood and coastal erosion risk today, Howard Boyd said we “cannot win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high flood defences” and that a new approach is needed.

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The draft strategy calls for all infrastructure to be flood resilient by 2050 and the EA says it is committed to working with risk management authorities and infrastructure providers to achieve this.

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