29 April 2009

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Thames Estuary 2100

Managing tidal flood risk through London and the Thames estuary

Background

The Thames Estuary 2100 project (TE2100) was established in 2002 with the aim of developing a long-term tidal flood risk management plan for London and the Thames estuary.  The project, lead by the Environment Agency, covers the Tidal Thames from Teddington in West London, through to Sheerness and Shoeburyness in Kent and Essex. A key driver for the project was the need to develop an adaptable long term plan in the context of a changing estuary. It was acknowledged that the Thames was changing in relation to its climate, people and property in the floodplain and an underlying essential but ageing flood defence system.

The Thames Barrier

Our new, fun and highly informative section dedicated to the Thames Barrier.

TE2100 Flood Risk Management Plan

The TE2100 Plan consultation document presents the results of a detailed assessment and appraisal of the options available to manage flood risk;  their economic costs, benefits and environmental impacts. It sets out the strategic direction for managing flood risk in discrete policy areas across the estuary, and contains recommendations on what actions the Environment Agency and others will need to take in the short (next 25 years), medium (the following 40 years) and long term (to the end of the century).  The Plan is based upon current guidance on climate change, but is adaptable to changes in predictions for sea level rise and climate change over the century.
Consultation

The public consultation on the Thames Estuary 2100 Plan runs for throughout April, May and June.