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Flood Control: Agriculture

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with farmers regarding managing land use for flood prevention in flood risk areas. (156542)

As part of DEFRA’s ‘Making Space for Water’ strategy, there are two projects investigating the role that rural land use and land management can play in managing flood risk at the farm and catchment scale. These projects are Catchment Scale Land—Use Management (HA6) and Land Management Practices (HA7). In the development of these projects, the Environment Agency has been working with the National Farmers Union and the Country Land and Business Association.

At a local level, the Environment Agency is developing Catchment Flood Management Plans, which consider the role of land use, in consultation with all interested parties.