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Atlantis Initiative

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on his Department’s initiative of the Atlantis Initiative; which other Government Departments and other bodies participate in it; what funding has been allocated to it; and who co-ordinates this Initiative. (197398)

Atlantis is a combined initiative by organisations within Government to make data more readily accessible to support flooding and water management.

Organisations in the Atlantis Initiative are Ordnance Survey, the Met Office, the British Geological Survey, the Hydrographic Office, the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Environment Agency.

There is no funding available to the Atlantis Initiative. Co-ordination is through a Programme Executive Board made up of chief executives of each organisation or their representatives.