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Flood Control

Volume 475: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the contribution of land management to reducing flooding. (204966)

DEFRA published the findings of a major review of the impacts of rural land use and management on flood generation in November 2004. Subsequently, further work was commissioned on the analysis of historical data sets to look for the impacts of land use and management change on flood generation. The final report will be published later this year.

As part of the Government’s making space for water delivery plan, the Environment Agency led a project to assess both the implications of land management change to flood risk at individual farm and catchment scale. This work included an update of the 2004 review.

Work was commissioned as part of the DEFRA-funded ripon project to model the effects of catchment scale land management in that area.

A research project to monitor and analyse the long-term impacts of land use change associated with the united utilities sustainable catchment management plan in North West has been commissioned under the joint DEFRA/Environment Agency flood risk management Research and Development programme.