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The River Severn Partnership area in statistics

Over £500 million spent during visits to the natural environment across the Partnership area

Source: Natural England, Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment, Analysis of expenditure during visits (2015) (*excludes Wales)

Value of Carbon Capture from Broadleaf and Coniferous Woodland estimated at circa £1m per year for Partnership area

Source: Natural Capital Tool, University of Exeter, Carbon Sequestration valuation based off social cost of carbon methodology

Around 1,000,000ha of Agricultural land generating farm profits of over £300m per annum but with around 82,000ha at Medium or High risk of fluvial flooding

Source: Land Cover Map 2015 (based on Areas of Arable, Horticulture and Improved Grassland), Land Cover Map, EA Flood Zone 3 and NRW Flood Zone 3 and NEVO natural capital accounting tool, Exeter University

Over 47,000 residential properties and over 9,500 businesses at risk of fluvial flooding in the Partnership area which significantly increases when also considering surface water flooding risks

Source: Environment Agency River Severn Partnership flood and economic impact analysis work

Current land value at risk of fluvial flooding estimated to be in excess of £30bn

Source: Environment Agency River Severn Partnership flood and economic impact analysis work

Up to +1m increase in modelled flood levels for the River Severn by 2100, with predicted increases for the Wye, Teme and Warwickshire Avon of between 0.6-0.85m

Source: Flood risk and costal change climate change allowances for planning, EA West Midlands Feb 2019

Average cost of current fluvial flooding in the Partnership area is estimated at over £28m per year with potential to directly affect up to 100,000 jobs

Source: Environment Agency River Severn Partnership flood and economic impact analysis work

Daily water abstraction for public water supply across the Partnership area is equivalent to 600 olympic size swimming pools (1,500ML/d) with around 40 needed to support agriculture (100ml/D) and 26 to support industry (65ml/d) each day.

Source: Environment Agency National Abstraction Licensing Database

Average forecast reduction in Natural Available Water Flows of 20%-25% by 2050 across the Partnership area as a whole

Source: Environment Agency Water Resources GIS 2050 (excludes Wales)