The Environment Agency’s Climate Change impacts and adaptation report (2018) highlighted that it may not be cost effective to protect or adapt some of England’s coastline as currently planned. Some coastal flood defences may possibly fail as sea levels rise, meaning some currently defended land may not continue to be defended from flooding in the future. Questions being posed by the latest inquiry by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee include;
What progress has been made to implement coastal erosion and flooding adaptation measures, and how much more still needs to be done?
Is there a transparent process, criteria and timeframe for determining when to support or withdraw from coastal erosion and flooding adaptation measures, and does the process inspire public confidence in decision-making?
What should the UK Government long-term policy statement on flooding and coastal erosion, and the Environment Agency new 50-year strategy prioritise?