Main conference: 16 November 2017

Bloomsbury Hotel 21 - 22 November 2018

Main Conference


Registration and refreshments


Chair’s opening remarks

Keynote sessions

Flood management within the National Infrastructure Assessment
The opening keynote will set the scene by explaining the work being done on flood and coastal erosion risk management for the National Infrastructure Assessment.  The assessment is analysing long-term economic infrastructure needs, and will set out a strategic vision for the next 30 years as well as recommendations for how identified needs should be met.


Q&A session


The 25-year Plan for the Environment and Defra’s policy for flood management
Introducing Defra’s 25-year Plan and the role of water and flood management within the framework, honing in on the key principles and priorities of the framework.


Discussing the Environment Agency’s strategic vision for flood management
Reflecting on the progress made since the Pitt Review and the subsequent Flood and Water Management Act, and assessing the lessons from recent floods and international cooperation. Where does the current six year programme take us and what are the future options?


Q&A and group discussions – What will flood management look like in 2025?

1-2-1 networking meetings (Premium delegates only)
Innovative projects in focus

Reducing the risk of tidal flooding with hard engineering – the £100m Boston Barrier

  • An update on the design strategy – a tidal barrier with a moveable gate, with a new building to enable operation of the barrier and new flood defence walls
  • Making the case for the barrier and overcoming opposition – engaging key stakeholder groups
  • Delivering the scheme – the procurement strategy, plans for construction and key project milestones



Delivering effective partnerships – the Eastern Solent Coastal Partnership

  • The benefits of working across 4 Local Authorities through co-ownership of objectives
  • How we are working with our other partners – Environment Agency, Natural England, Other RMA’s & Coastal Partnerships
  • How we are working with our professional suppliers – Case studies



Q&A session and groups discussions – How can we make the objectives of FCRM broader and encompass wider benefits and opportunities in a catchment?

Unlocking funding

Testing innovative funding & finance approaches for flood and coastal resilience infrastructure

  • How are local authorities in England unlocking funding by integrating flood resilience and regeneration?
  • What finance models are being implemented to finance green flood resilience infrastructure?
  • Can traditional routes to private sector infrastructure investment be utilised?



Innovative funding & finance approaches for flood and coastal resilience infrastructure – a practitioner’s viewpoint

  • Exploring the opportunities and challenges around funding for flood and coastal risk management projects
  • Drawing on lessons from live coastal and urban project case studies in England and Wales
  • Unlocking funding while delivering wider benefits for future generations – Welsh Government’s Coastal Risk Management Programme



Q&A and groups discussions – What are the biggest barriers to accessing funding for flood management and where are the opportunities?

Networking lunch
Working with Natural Processes

Working with natural processes - the evidence behind Natural Flood Management

  • Summary of the newly published Working with Natural Processes evidence base, including:
  • The Natural Flood Management Evidence Directory
    • 65 case studies
    • 1 page thumbprints
    • Modelling guide
  • The potential for Natural Flood Management maps
  • How we plan to fill remaining research gaps to advance the science



Soft engineering in action – Calderdale’s natural flood management programme

  • Outlining the natural flood management measures in the Calder Valley and the plan for their implementation over the next 5-10 years
  • Securing funding and gaining support from the community and key stakeholders
  • What key challenges have arisen on the programme and what key lessons can be drawn for future schemes?



Driving forward natural processes to manage flood risk - Slowing the flow at Shropshire

  • Outlining the strategy for slowing the flow – what is the flood risk and what techniques have been chosen to manage flooding?
  • Making the case for accessing funding for a soft engineering programme, and getting buy-in from key stakeholders – Shropshire Wildlife Trust, local flood groups and land owners
  • Measuring the success of the scheme – quantifying outcome measures



Q&A and group discussions – What are the biggest barriers to widespread adoption of working with natural processes and how can they be overcome?

1-2-1 networking meetings (Premium delegates only)
International perspectives

Translating innovative Dutch water management to the UK: the Sand Engine

  • Outlining the scheme, the push for innovative coastal management and how it has developed after six years
  • Exploring the potential for innovative coastal management on the UK coast: Sandscaping
  • The first Sand Engine outside the Netherlands at Bacton, Norfolk



Living with water – the Sponge city in China

  • Introducing the sponge city and the advantages and disadvantages of adopting the strategy
  • Outlining how the scheme was designed and developed, what it looks like today and how success is being measuring through outcome-based results
  • What further plans are there for rolling out other sponge cities in China?



Q&A session


Closing remarks and close of Forum

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