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Integrating Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management & Well-Being in Wales

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Water Research Institute, Cardiff University

The Sir Martin Evans Building

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How can we better integrate Flood & Coastal Erosion Risk Management and Well-being in Wales?

Opportunities, challenges & recommendations moving forwards


In light of rising sea levels and climate change projections, difficult decisions need to be made about how best to manage our coastlines - balancing the need for sustainable Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) and the preservation of well-being. In Wales this is further reinforced by the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the commitment to 7 national Well-Being Goals.

However, while there are a wide range of opportunities for embedding well-being into FCERM policy and practice, this also faces numerous challenges. This workshop will bring together the various stakeholders involved in all aspects of FCERM in Wales to reflect on the successes and difficulties encountered so far. In particular, the workshop will aim to identify potential ‘quick wins’ and understand some of the barriers that need to be addressed where deeper changes in governance are required. These discussions will shape recommendations for policy and practice to help enforce FCERM as a key pathway for securing the well-being of future generations to come.


Key questions:

1) What are the current strengths & weaknesses in FCERM?

2) What opportunities & challenges are faced in trying to align FCERM activities with the Welsh Well-Being Goals?

3) What are the potential barriers to governance change, where required?

4) What recommendations should be prioritised moving forwards?


Participants – All those directly involved in FCERM and related policy (e.g. terrestrial and marine spatial planning, emergency management, climate change adaptation, environment etc.), including Risk Management Authorities, Coastal Groups, Wales Coastal Groups Forum, Public Service Boards, Public Health Wales, environmental NGOs, and infrastructure providers to name a few!

This research is being carried out as part of the CoastWEB project - Valuing the contribution which COASTal habitats make to human health and WEllBeing, with a focus on the alleviation of natural hazards. CoastWEB is funded under the Valuing Nature Programme (http://valuing-nature.net/coastweb).


For further information please contact Dr Meghan Alexander (AlexanderM5@cardiff.ac.uk).

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