Date lodged: 9 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it expects new flood defence schemes to take climate change into consideration.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 1 March 2018
Statutory guidance on Sustainable Flood Risk Management sets out an overarching outcome that flood management actions being undertaken will stand the test of time and be adaptable to future changes in the climate. However, the Scottish Government does not specify design standards for new flood protection schemes. It is for the local authority to decide on the standard of protection for a proposed scheme based on social, economic and environmental factors. The approach should be risk-based, linking benefits to costs with the aim of maximising the reduction in overall risk.