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Climate Change: Norfolk

Volume 700: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress is being made by the Environment Agency in its study into the effects of climate change on the Norfolk Broads; and what funding has been made available for this. [HL2604]

The Environment Agency will be starting a review of the coastal strategy from Eccles to Winterton later this year. This stretch of coastline protects the Broads from tidal inundation. The review will consider a number of options over the next 100 years, allowing for climate change, to determine the best course of action.

A climate change group involving the Environment Agency, the Broads Authority and Natural England has recently been set up. This will focus on the impacts and future adaptation to climate change in the Broads. The first meeting of this group will be in April where funding and the terms of reference will be decided. The intention of this group is to gather evidence of the current status, the predictions and what could potentially be done to adapt to climate change in the long and short term.

The Environment Agency's broadland flood alleviation project is also being implemented as a public private partnership working with Broadland Environmental Services Limited. This project covers a 20-year period ending in 2021.