Following some of the most dramatic flood and Coastal Erosion incidents that the UK has witnessed in recent history, an intensive 3-day conference and Exhibition convened by the Environment Agency has been finalised.
The UK has undergone some of the most devastating damage from inland flooding and coastal erosion in the past three or four years and according to this week’s Environment Agency report in the wake of Storm Angus – the country can expect these weather events to continue.
Clare Dinnis Deputy Director of Strategy at the Environment Agency said about the event “No one body can provide a fully rounded response to flood risk management. Local flood authorities, the Environment Agency, other risk management authorities and our partners all have a part to play. As do the communities and businesses who face the risk. We want to bring the whole flood and coast risk management community together to hear from one another, learn from each other and share perspectives. It is only by listening to those who suffer from flooding that we can truly understand the devastating impacts that we are trying to reduce.”
The event will take place from 28-30 March at the Telford International Centre and will draw together key stakeholders from the flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCRM) community, including local authorities, civil engineers, infrastructure owners, consultancies, utility companies, contractors, businesses, community groups, flood research consultants and universities from across the country.
David Wilkes of Arup global flood resilience leader and exhibitor at the event in March said “There needs to be a genuine and meaningful debate about land-use, a tolerance of flooding risk, about how the buildings and public spaces link, about roads, parks, cycle ways and footpaths and other infrastructure will work in normal times and in times of flood.” *
Flood and Coast 2017 aims to share the latest ideas and showcase up to the minute flood defence solutions to help prevent future flooding for local authorities and stakeholders. There will be over 150 senior Environment Agency personnel present at the event. The key areas that the event will cover include; Coastal flooding and erosion – with over 1 million properties at risk from coastal flooding by 2030, Flood Alleviation and Water Management, Emergency Planning, Infrastructure and Cities, Modelling and Forecasting, Partnerships, and People and Communities.
For the advance programme or further information on Flood and Coast 2017 – see www.floodandcoast.com
The event is sponsored by Van Oord, VBA, CH2M – Flood Modeller Suite, Aecom, HR Wallingford, Mackley and IBS Group.
*Ref 1 Source – Flooding and Coastal Change Report 2016 CIWEM Environment Supplement
Post Notes:Photo courtesy of the Environment Agency
Post From:Duncan White