One day conference and exhibition on flood resilience - learn about the latest research and help shape future policy
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Devastating floods in Carlisle, Upton-on-Severn, York, Cockermouth and elsewhere in recent years, and of course the extraordinary scenes over the south west this winter (which have occurred since this event was first planned), bring into sharp focus the need to strengthen flooding resilience by further implementing the Flood and Water Act 2010 and the need to understand key recommendations on how to prepare for more extreme weather.
The consequences of flooding can be disastrous in both human and property terms. There are also many cases, particularly associated with infrastructure, where flooding has caused major destruction to our economy, taking many years to recover. Nevertheless flood protection has been well down the list of UK investment priorities, perhaps because it is seen as a 1:50 or 1:100 year occurrence and therefore not worth investment.
However, 2014 is a pivotal year for stakeholders with secondary measures of the Flood and Water Act due to be implemented and EU Directive deadlines to be met. Delegates will need to learn how to develop a robust flood risk management strategy for the 2015 deadline.
This event provides the latest information about flood resilience policy, practice and research, bringing together leading experts in the field and enabling discussion and debate about the realities of flooding.
Delegates will also be able to contribute to the development of a policy paper prepared by BRE, which will include the recommendations on how to avoid flooding disasters at individual, community, commercial and national levels.
As such the event aims to be a milestone in the battle to take flood protection up the priority list.
What will you gain from attending?
Your involvement in this key event is important to enhancing the defence of the UK against the ravages of flooding.
|09:00||Registration exhibition & networking|
|09:30||Welcome & Introductions||
Guy Hammersley, Chief Executive of BRE Ventures Ltd
|09:40||Keynote Address||Craig Elliott, Environment Agency|
|10:00||Session 1: Flood resilience of the built environment||Chair: Douglas Barnett, AXA|
|10:05||Incentivising Flood Resilient Behaviour||Dr Mary Stevens, Defra|
|10:25||The case for Resilient Repair – is it a “no regrets” solution||Jessica Lamond, Senior Research Fellow, UWE Bristol|
|10:45||Panel Session 1 (including above speakers)||
Paul Cobbing, Chief Executive, National Flood Forum
Katharine Knox, JRF
John Robinson, Newcastle County Council
|11:30||Refreshments, exhibition & networking|
|11:55||Session 2: Flood resilience of infrastructure||Chair – Justin Butler, Ambiental|
Working together to manage urban flooding – encouraging the uptake of designing for exceedance
|Chris Digman, MWH Global|
|12:20||Practice||Tom Saville, ARUP|
|12:40||Panel Session 2 (including above speakers)||
Mary Dhonau, Flood Protection Association
|Jim Barrack, Tilt Dam|
|13:30||Lunch and exhibition|
|14:15||Session 3: Innovation in flood management||Chair: Paul O'Hare, Manchester Metropolitan University|
|14:20||Flood surface water mapping||Neil Hunter, JBA|
|14:35||FRe technology - policy and practice||Dr Stephen Garvin, BRE|
|14:50||International perspective||Prof. Slobodan Djordjevic, University of Exeter|
|15:05||Panel Session 3 (including above speakers)||Adrian Rushworth, Environment Agency|
|John Alexander, Aquobex|
|15:50||Reporters summing up, Final Q&A||Dr Stephen Garvin, BRE|
Lead local flood authorities; Local resilience forums; Police, fire and rescue and ambulance services; Strategic partnerships; Flood risk management teams; Emergency planning teams; Insurance teams; Utility and Infrastructure Providers; Central Government Agencies; Private and Voluntary Sector
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