National Flood Risk Assessment

The National Flood Risk Assessment is the first step of the new risk-based approach to managing the impacts of flooding, introduced by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.  It represents a significant milestone in our understanding of flood risk by bringing together the latest information on the sources and impacts of flooding across Scotland.

From the National Flood Risk Assessment we have found that one in 22 of all residential properties and one in 13 of all non-residential properties are at risk of flooding from rivers, the sea or heavy rainfall in urban areas.  The outcomes of the National Flood Risk Assessment will help us to target actions for flood risk management in those areas where we can have the greatest impact.

SEPA is now building on the National Flood Risk Assessment by producing the Flood Risk Management Planning in Scotland: Arrangements for 2012 -2016 document which provides further explanation of how and when Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans will be produced.

This publication, which has been jointly produced by SEPA and the Scottish Government outlines the new approach to flood risk management which will help us to co-ordinate the involvement of local partnerships and advisory groups by defining sustainable policies and actions for Flood Risk Management.

SEPA has published the following documents to accompany the National Flood Risk Assessment:

>> View the National Flood Risk Assessment here