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2-4 June 2020

Telford International Centre, UK

Flood & Coast Excellence Awards

The Environment Agency’s prestigious awards were previously known as the Project Excellence Awards. This year, the award has been expanded to recognise a wider range of the work that contributes to managing flood and coastal risk, building local flood resilience and taking action on climate change. The 2020 Flood & Coast Excellence Awards dinner will take place on Wednesday 3rd June.

Nominations are open now! To apply:

1) Read the Flood and Coast 2020 Excellence Awards Guidance Notes

2) Complete the 2020 Application Form 

3) Email your completed form and supporting documents to 

Submissions are due by 23:55 GMT on Friday, 6 March 2020. 


Towards Net Zero

Demonstrates significant progress along the path towards net zero energy and/or carbon, including:

  • improved resource efficiency
  • the use of alternative energy sources
  • the use of new technologies
  • behaviour changes that are compatible with the net zero transition

Climate Resilient Places

Innovative efforts to improve place-based resilience to the impacts of extreme weather on communities, infrastructure and assets, including:

  • flood and coastal defences built to withstand the impacts of extreme weather
  • changes to land management practices that improve resilience and adaptation to climate change
  • natural or nature-based flood management
  • spatial planning, buildings and infrastructure resilient to flood risk

Coastal Management

Innovative, sustainable approaches to protecting and managing coastal zones and developing adaptation strategies that promote their long-term resilience, including:

  • designing new or managing existing natural coastal areas that provide habitat for wildlife and enhance people's enjoyment
  • developing more sustainable approaches to coastal business and industry, including aquaculture and tourism
  • coastal defence schemes that deliver wider benefits to the local economy
  • other creative ways to adapt to coastal change

Surface Water Management

Cutting-edge, sustainable approaches to protecting and managing surface water that reduce the risk of flooding and improve adaptation to climate change, including: 

  • innovative drainage systems
  • capturing surface water to recharge aquifers and support groundwater resources
  • changing land use practices and developing surface water management techniques that provide multiple benefits

Digital Excellence

Innovative use of digital solutions or technologies in flood
risk management or improved approaches to modelling flood hazards and communicating risk to the public, partners and incident responders, including:

  • using new or improved tools or methods in flood hazard modelling, mapping and forecasting
  • using digital tools to communicate flood risk
  • developing digital solutions that improve the efficiency or effectiveness of flood risk management activities
  • using new approaches to digital collaboration with partners and incident responders

International Excellence

World-class practices and approaches to managing flooding and coastal erosion that are not currently mainstream in the UK, including:

  • technical excellence in delivering flood risk management and managing coastal change
  • emerging international thinking and research on flood and coastal risk management issues
  • effective partnerships, engagement or shared learning between countries

Community Partnerships

Effective local partnerships that encourage and enhance community-level participation in managing flood and coastal risk, including: 

  • collaborative working among organisations with a responsibility for flood and coastal risk management and representatives of communities at risk
  • community flood action and flood volunteer groups
  • community-led flood and coastal erosion schemes

Inspirational Person

An individual in the flood and coastal risk management community, whether just beginning their career or already highly experienced, who has inspired others this year, including: 

  • leaders who act as an excellent role model, setting high standards and championing others
  • those who have promoted a culture of diversity and inclusive working
  • young people who are challenging the status quo or energising their professional community

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