This is an interim Report for our inquiry into coastal flooding, coastal erosion and climate change.
The Election will prevent us completing the inquiry. This interim report draws attention to key themes in the evidence we have received so far and some provisional conclusions that the Government, Environment Agency and the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) should respond to and our successor Committee or others may want to build upon. 2. We undertook this inquiry because we were concerned about the impact of rising sea levels and how they will exacerbate the risk to coastal communities, businesses and infrastructure from coastal flooding. During the inquiry, it became increasingly clear that we should also include the risks from coastal erosion. The inquiry looked at: what the risks and consequences of coastal flooding and erosion are; the current picture of coastal defence and adaptation; national and local policy and delivery; the involvement of coastal communities in decision-making; and funding.