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Risk management

Reducing flood risk is a major element of our Making space for water programme and recognises that it is not sustainable economically, technically or environmentally to adopt a single approach of just building more and higher defences. Whatever decisions are taken with respect to strategy and no matter how much is invested, it would be unrealistic to believe that flooding can be eliminated. Unfortunately, we can be sure that extreme events will continue to cause flooding in the future.

Learn how we encourage new ideas, learn from previous floods and assess risks.

Page last modified: 21 August 2009
Page published: 21 April 2009