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Water Environment (Floods Directive) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 (S.R. No. 376 of 2009).

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These Regulations implement in Northern Ireland Directive 2007/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the assessment and management of flood risks. The Regulations require each department, district council, water undertaker or sewerage undertaker and certain other public bodies to exercise their relevant statutory functions in compliance with the Directive and requires the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (which is the competent authority in Northern Ireland for the implementation of the Directive) to ensure that the implementation of the requirements of the Directive is coordinated. The Department shall, among other things: prepare a preliminary flood risk assessment for specified (transboundary) river basins; identify areas for which potential significant flood risks exist or might be considered likely to occur; prepare flood hazard maps and flood risk maps for such areas a flood risk management plan; and a flood risk management plan for each river basin district or a set of such plans coordinated at the level of a district. The Regulations also concern publication, review of plans and maps and public participation.
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