It has experienced, and is at risk of, tidal flooding as well as flooding from rivers, sewers, surface water and groundwater. Home to over 200,000 properties, 500,000 people and approximately 14,000 businesses, the Humber is the UK’s largest port complex, with 40,000 shipping movements and more than 70 million tonnes of cargo per year.
With the easy access to resources that the estuary provides, its location has attracted businesses and communities for hundreds of years and is now recognised as one of the most important estuaries in Europe for nature conservation.
With the potential for the region to become an exemplar across the world for its flood-management expertise, it’s benefitting from world-leading research and investment into flood resilience and flood-risk management.
As well as the wide expertise in global flood-risk management at the University of Hull, the Humber benefits from large-scale investments from the Environment Agency, Yorkshire Water, the Humber LEP and local authorities.
The first of its kind in the UK and Wales, the Environment Agency’s Humber Flood Risk Management Strategy works collaboratively, bringing in leading research from the University of Hull alongside community groups and business expertise to tackle flood risk. Setting the vision for managing risk, it takes into consideration the impacts it will have on people, property and industry as well as on the area’s landscape, history and wildlife.
Safeguarding the growth and prosperity of the Humber’s communities and its economy, it aims to protect the 90,000 hectares of land around the Humber at risk of being flooded.
With the benefit of more up-to-date technical information, the Humber 2100+ Partnership has been created, comprising the Environment Agency, 12 Local Authorities and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), with the purpose of developing a new strategy which will set the direction for flood-risk management for the next 100 years.
By working together with Natural England and Internal Drainage Boards, the partnership is reinforcing long term ambitions for a prosperous Humber with a world-class economy and a world-class environment.
The Living with Water programme aims to collaborate and innovate to deliver visionary solutions that build thriving resilient communities. The partnership between the Environment Agency, Hull City Council, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council and Yorkshire Water has a vision to secure the future sustainability of Hull and the East Riding.
Connecting Humber businesses to global challenges, delivering community events and conducting world-leading research, the partnership hopes to position the region as a world-leader in flood-risk research.