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Intergrated Water Resources Management and Reform of Flood Risk Management in England

Howarth, William (2017) Intergrated Water Resources Management and Reform of Flood Risk Management in England. Journal of Environmental Law, 29 (2). pp. 355-365. ISSN 0952-8873. E-ISSN 1464-374X. (doi:10.1093/jel/eqx015) (KAR id:61686)

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This analysis relates the global environmental imperative of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) to the policies and regulatory approaches underlying flood risk management in England. Specifically, the discussion engages with selected points of debate between the House of Commons, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and the Government, arising from the Committee’s 2016 Report on Future Flood Prevention. The Committee and the Government took markedly different positions on the ‘new governance model’ for flood risk management (proposed by the Committee) and the potential for greater use of ‘natural flood management’. This debate is reviewed and contrasted with the positions that might have been reached by applying IWRM to these issues. The opinion offered is that the neglect of water integration is a matter of concern. It is proposed that there should be a duty to have regard to IWRM in water policy and decision-making, and a review of the highly fragmented state of water legislation to identify the scope that exists for greater integration.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1093/jel/eqx015
Uncontrolled keywords: Water Regulation, Integrated Water Resources Management, Flood Risk Management, Natural Flood Management, Environment Agency
Subjects: K Law
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 14:48 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 13:45 UTC
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