Date lodged: 26 July 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of concerns regarding more extreme weather conditions, what most recent assessment it has carried out of the country's flood defences.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 15 August 2017
SEPA undertook a National Flood Risk Assessment (NFRA) in 2011 and the resulting Flood Risk Management Strategies were published in December 2015. This gave us for the first time a national picture of the causes and consequences of flooding across Scotland. This is a major step forward in our understanding of flood risk, and will make sure that Scotland is as prepared as we can be, to deal with any future events which may become more frequent with the onset of climate change. Across the Strategies, there are 42 formal Flood Protection Schemes or engineering works proposed for 2016-21
SEPA is now reviewing the NFRA as part of the next cycle of flood risk management planning and will be considering new evidence and information on climate scenarios that have emerged since the last cycle of planning was completed.
In 2007, information on all the existing flood defences in Scotland was compiled as part of the establishment of the Scottish Government’s Flood Defence Asset Database.