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Presentation of the Wales Economic Manifesto Summary
Geraint Davies, Chair of LFIG Wales presented our Wales Economic Manifesto Summary for the Welsh Assembly elections to a working group of Assembly Members at the Welsh Assembly, to the Wales Labour Party Wales and at an open multi constituency meeting at the Guildhall Swansea. Special thanks is due to all the LFIG members, trade unionists, coop members, and party members who contributed to its contents.”
Top team joins Geraint to tackle growing Flood Risk in Wales
Geraint Davies [LFIG Vice President] was appointed by Environment Minister Carwyn Jones as Chair of Flood Risk Management Wales to oversee the delivery of the Assembly policies for managing flood risk – constructing new defences, maintaining existing defences, flood forecasting and flood warning services, regulating others, and providing advice and guidance.
Flood risk management recognises that we cannot prevent flooding but that we must minimise its impacts on communities in the face of climate change increasing the frequency and size of floods as well as sea levels. It will focus its attention on the strategic problems and work with stakeholders to prioritise expenditure to manage flood risk effectively. This will include ensuring that the consequences of flooding are known, understood and tolerable to those who suffer them.
Geraint is now joined by a team of leading experts to help develop a new strategy to manage flood risk across Wales.
Half a million people live and work in areas at risk of flooding in Wales and the estimated cost of flood damage could rise by up to 20-fold by the year 2080. Over 170,000 homes, businesses, roads, railways, other major structure and thousands of acres of farmland lie in flood risk areas.
The team includes two Professors (in geography and water management), the Vice President of the National Farmers Union, consultant engineers, Environment Agency appointees and eight councillors – including two Leaders and four Cabinet members – representing the Welsh local authorities.
Carwyn Jones said “I am very pleased that I now have a strong team to take forward the new vision of managing flood risk in Wales. I have every confidence that the newly constituted Flood Risk Management Wales team will deliver the right service to meet the challenges posed by climate change.”
Geraint Davies said: “Global warming and climate change are now generally understood but the possible risks to jobs, homes and natural habitats from flooding is not. We now have a top team in place to manage the increasing frequency and intensity of flooding caused by climate change. The cost of flood damage in Wales could grow from £70m to £1.4 billion by 2080. We will be shifting our focus beyond the traditional emphasis on building and maintaining flood defences and looking at how we best manage the land and ensure that local communities have their say. Our priority is to manage the growing risk of flooding to people and property. We now have the best team to help take forward the Welsh Assembly Government’s Environment Strategy in relation to flood risk – to take appropriate measures to manage the risk of flooding and to ensure everyone who lives in flood risk areas will understand how to live with that risk.”
The LFIG Vice President lives and works in Swansea. Born in 1960, was educated in Wales and at Oxford University, was Marketing Manager at Colgate Palmolive and is Director of travel company Pure Crete.
- 1986-97 Councillor New Addington, Croydon
- 1994-96 Chair of Housing for London Boroughs
- 1996-97 Leader of Council
- 1997 Elected MP
- 1997-2003 Chair of PLP Environment Transport and the Regions Committee and Chair of LFIG. Member of Public Accounts Committee
- 2003-2005 PPS to Lord Chancellor & Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Vice President LFIG
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