- Defra's Flood Risk Management Division is responsible for flood and coastal erosion risk management policy, grant aid for capital works and strategic research.
- Defra's European Wildlife Division is also important because of the complexities of applying the Habitats Regulations to coastal risk management in internationally defined sites.
- The Environment Agency has operational responsibility for coastal flood risk management. The EA has a series of Flood Defence Committees and national, regional and local officers with executive powers and is also the lead agency in implementing the Water Framework Directive.
- District Councils and Unitary Authorities with a coastline have operational responsibilities for coastline protection and land use planning within their areas.
- The Marine Consents Environment Unit within Defra is responsible for issuing a variety of licences required for engineering projects below high water mark.
- The insurance industry is seeking to influence the amount of investment in flood risk management schemes.
- The Treasury is the agency that ultimately controls the Government investment in flood and coastal erosion risk management measures.
The Environment Agency
Joint Nature Conservation Committee - Habitats Regulations
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs