The North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC) has updated its business plan to set ambitious and clear priorities for 2022 to 2025

The plan was developed through a series of workshops with the sub-regional strategic partnerships on flood risks. It was also informed by responses to a community survey conducted earlier in the year.

The priority areas identified in the business plan align with those set out in the government’s national flood and coastal erosion risk management strategy, including the desire to strengthen the resilience of communities and infrastructure, to manage water at the watershed scale and harness the power of nature, and to achieve multiple benefits from flood resilience projects.

The plan also recognizes the vital need for the RFCC and its Flood Risk Management Authority partners to work more collaboratively with a wider range of partners and communities to develop common goals and attract investment for flood solutions.

To implement the plan, it will be based each year on an action strategy. RFCC and key partners are now involved in the action planning process to confirm initiatives that will start or continue in 2022/23. Once this work is completed, the RFCC will be able to translate the proposed actions into commitments, as part of the formal launch of the Business Plan in March 2022.

RFCC President Adrian Lythgo said: The RFCC business plan update is an important step in communicating regional priorities for flood resilience, in the context of national policy and strategy. We need to be clear about the flood risk we face both now and as a result of climate change, and prioritize investments that translate into lasting protection for communities and businesses. Our business plan underpins this approach.

The RFCC business plan is distributed to stakeholders and community flood action groups and can be viewed on The Flood Hub website.

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