The BGS signs Memorandum of Understanding with the Environment Agency


The British Geological Survey (BGS) and the Environment Agency (EA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) detailing the areas where they will work together at strategic, technical and operational levels.

The two organisations will collaborate to improve environmental outcomes and optimise the use of resources. This will deliver long-term benefits to the environment and enable and support world-leading UK applied research in environmental geoscience.

In particular, the partnership aims to work together in the following areas:

  • Climate change: identify and advise on relevant long-term, climate-driven environmental change and extreme events, aligning with latest government policy, guidance and research on climate change.
  • Groundwater protection: identify and advise on sources and behaviour of pollutants in the subsurface; risk assessment and development of effective monitoring and risk management strategies.
  • Government policy and legislation: understand approaches to government policies on environmental and geoscience issues, and achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Flood risk management: understand sources and controls on, and reduce risks from, flooding and its impacts on communities, infrastructure and the environment.
  • Incident management: identify practical measures to prevent, reduce and manage environmental (pollution) incidents and extreme events.
  • Innovation, research and development: share good practice and data for research, identify new technologies and consider collaborative research and partnership opportunities.

Prof John Ludden, chief executive officer of the BGS, said: 'I am very pleased to see this formal agreement on a number of ongoing issues that concern the BGS and the EA. The environmental challenges facing the UK are urgent and require well-founded, scientific evidence in support of decisions and the BGS will contribute to these through this MoU.'



23 May 2019