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18-20 June 2019

Telford International Centre, UK

Meghan Alexander

Meghan Alexander

Meghan Alexander

Research Associate, Cardiff University Speaking On: Day 3 (22nd March) Session: Working with communities: addressing the long term issues
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  •  Is it possible to deliver sustainable flood and coastal risk management whilst securing the wellbeing of future generations? Insights from Wales 

With the transition from flood defence to Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) come difficult questions about the appropriate assemblage of measures (i.e. prevention, protection, preparedness and recovery), and the subsequent consequences of this decision upon at-risk communities. In Wales this is further complicated by the need to take into consideration a wide range of economic, social, environmental and cultural well-being goals, outlined in the recent and innovative Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. However, aligning sustainable FCERM with this new well-being agenda is potentially problematic. Not only is there the potential for various conflicts within/between these well-being values and FRM strategies, but these may also vary across spatio-temporal scales and differ between stakeholder groups.

Examining this in further depth and drawing from research conducted within CoastWEB and Resilcoast, this presentation identifies the synergies and conflicts associated with current arrangements of Welsh governance. On the basis of legal, policy and stakeholder network analysis, accompanied by stakeholder interviews, observations are made about the potential (in)effectiveness of current ˜bridging mechanisms”, as well as the challenge of articulating, weighting and negotiating different well-being values. Returning to our title question we highlight the need for reflexive governance practices if sustainable FRM and the well-being of future generations are to be pursued in tangent.

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