Overview

21 Jan, 20219:15 am-3:40 pm
Online Conference
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This forum will provide attendees with the latest updates, guidance and funding plans around the government’s long-term multi-billion pound flooding protection strategy announced in July 2020. Furthermore, attendees will be able to discuss and evaluate best practice innovations from local councils at the forefront of effective flood defence. 

Policy Background

Over 5.2 million homes and properties in England are at risk from flooding and coastal erosion, according to the Environment Agency. With February 2020 the wettest ever February recorded in England it is crucial for government and local authorities to start investing in long-term flood prevention and risk management measures.  

Whilst investment in flood prevention schemes protected 126,000 properties in February 2020, the economic loss was estimated at around £333 million. Since 2007, thanks to investment and infrastructure, progressively fewer properties have been flooded. However, significant floods in 2007, 2015/16 and 2019/20 have still caused extensive damage. Between 2015 and 2021 the government will have invested £2.6 billion of funding to better protect 300,000 homes. Long-term strategies are needed to ensure the future protection of properties and livelihoods from flooding and the resulting economic damage.  

The government is taking multiple steps to improve flood protection and manage risk. In the 2020 Budget it committed to doubling expenditure on flood and coastal risk management to £5.2 billion between 2021 and 2027.  The Environment Bill and Agriculture Bill have outlined the need for a more integrated approach to flood risk and water resource management through the Environmental Land Management scheme. The latest progress report on the 25 Year Environment Plan, published in March 2020, outlines a further £200 million investment over 6 years from 2021 to pilot innovative actions to improve long-term flood and coastal resilience of 25 local areas across the country. 

In July 2020, the Environment Agency published its Flood and Coastal Risk Management Strategy (FCERM), focusing on a long-term vision for “a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change- today, tomorrow and to the year 2100”. Earlier this year it also published a National Framework for Water Resources, exploring England’s long-term water needs. The Environment Agency maintains strategic overview and leadership for flood management and protection, working closely with government.  

In order to ensure long-term protection from flooding for local communities there is a need for collaboration between local authorities, the third sector, businesses, the agricultural industry and individuals. Working together will allow for better planning to support the government’s long-term objectives for more resilient and coordinated flood management, prevention and protection systems. Helping to protect local communities, the environment, and the economy.  

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Key Features of an Online IG Event

  • Match making networking and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
  • Topic based discussion groups

Agenda

9:15 am
Login and Accessing Online Event Platform

Throughout the Conference you will be able to make use of:

  • One on one networking opportunities and live delegate meet ups
  • Replay functions so you never miss a session
  • Live chat, questioning and polling tools
  • Real time resources and presentations
  • A next generation conference engagement platform
9:25 am
Your Tour of the Online Conference Platform

Before proceedings get underway, this short explainer session will explore how you can get the most out of our new next generation Conference platform.

Our IG Central and Local Government Team will run through how to make virtual connections, creating networking meet ups, accessing content on demand and how to use our new Q&A, chat functions and virtual polling tools.

9:30 am
Chair’s Welcome Address 

An introduction to the key themes for the day including exploring the latest Government policy and funding, developing practical solutions for tackling flooding and sharing best practice for flood prevention.  

David McHugh
David McHugh
Former President and Trustee
Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management
Confirmed
Part 1: Policy and Funding Update
9:40 am
Defra Policy, Funding and Guidance Update: Outlining Plans for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Exploring the 5 policies in the Government’s July 2020 policy statement on flood and coastal erosion risk management

  • Upgrading and expanding our flood defences
  • Managing the flow of water
  • Harnessing the power of nature
  • Better preparing communities for when flooding and erosion does occur
  • Enabling more resilient places through a catchment based approach
Alice Baverstock
Alice Baverstock
Flood Risk Management
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
Confirmed
10:00 am
Special Keynote: Resilience to Flooding, Today, Tomorrow and to the year 2100
  • Exploring the Environment Agency’s latest long-term strategy for managing and boosting resilience to flooding in their National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England (FCERM), published in 2020
  • Understanding the importance of a longer-term strategy, vision and action plan for investment needs, to mitigate future risks
  • Highlighting the strategic overview role of the Environment Agency and how it exercises leadership and overall management of flooding and coastal change
  • Outlining three core ambitions to ensure future flood resilience in England: Climate resilient places, Today’s growth, and infrastructure resilience in tomorrow’s climate and A nation ready to respond and adapt to flooding and coastal change
  • Bringing out how we make sure, the Environment Agency, our partners and communities are ready and resilient for the next and future incidents
Stefan Laeger
Stefan Laeger
Flood Incident Service Manager
Environment Agency
Confirmed
10:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session 
Alice Baverstock
Alice Baverstock
Flood Risk Management
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)
Confirmed
Stefan Laeger
Stefan Laeger
Flood Incident Service Manager
Environment Agency
Confirmed
10:40 am
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.  

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.  

Part 2: Developing Solutions Focused Strategies for Tackling Flooding in Local Areas
11:00 am
Practical Insights Part 1: Learning How to Develop Clean, Green Natural Flood Management Solutions

This session will focus on practical natural flood management solutions, exploring best practice implemented in the upper Aire catchment near Leeds

  • Focusing on natural techniques such as planting trees, building log dams, woodland management and installing fence line as solutions for flood alleviation work 
  • Exploring the work of the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in slowing the flow of water from upstream in the catchment area through natural methods
  • Sharing how green and natural flood management solutions have benefited Leeds as well as those further downstream
Gary Smith
Gary Smith
Project Officer
Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Confirmed
11:20 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
11:30 am
Case Study: Working in Partnership to Reduce Flooding Risk in an Urban Setting
  • Exploring how the London Borough of Hillingdon worked in partnership with the Environment Agency, local Flood Action Groups, the Ruislip Residents’ Association, and the Ruislip Woods Management Advisory Group to develop a proposal for extensive flood management work in the borough 
  • Sharing the timeline for the Park Wood and Pinn Meadows Flood Partnership project and how it aims to combine traditional flood risk management techniques with natural flood management  
  • Detailing the process of securing funding for the project, through partnerships and local networks as well as contracts with local business who benefit from the project  
  • Understanding and tackling the additional challenges of flood risk management in an urban setting  
Vicky Boorman
Vicky Boorman
Flood and Water Management Specialist
London Borough of Hillingdon
Confirmed
11:50 am
Interactive Questions and Answers Session 
12:00 pm
Local Government Insights: Working in Partnership to Invest in Nature-Based Solutions and the Natural Environment
Sam Evans
Sam Evans
Head of Natural Envrionment
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Confirmed
12:20 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups

Your opportunity to make the most of the virtual platform, meet up with fellow delegates, make connections and tour our real-time resources and content.  

Don’t forget if you’ve missed a session, you can use our replay functions, so you can watch all the content on demand at a time that suits you.  

Part 3: Sharing Best Practice for Flood Prevention and Response
12:50 pm
National Flood Forum Update: Supporting Communities in Managing Flood Risk and Response
  • Highlighting the importance of Flood Action Groups (FAGs) for the development of coordinated flood management and response strategies in local communities   
  • Exploring how Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) Partnerships and FAGs can effectively work collaboratively to minimise flood risk  
  • Evaluating the Flood Risk Communities’ Charter and the key priorities communities wish to address including ensuring communities are at the heart of flood risk management and developing an integrated approach to water management   
  • Sharing the development of a ‘Virtual Information Trailer’ and how it offered help, support and advice in Shropshire in line with COVID-19 guidelines in the aftermath of flooding earlier this year   
Paul Cobbing
Paul Cobbing
Chief Executive
National Flood Forum
Confirmed
1:10 pm
Interactive Questions and Answers Session
1:20 pm
Practical Insights Part 2: Developing a Strategy and Planning for Green Natural Flood Management
  • Exploring how Leeds City Council used £500,000 of funding for natural methods 
  • Discovering top tips for working in partnership between local and national authorities as well as landowners and key partners through exploring the successful delivery of the Natural Flood Management Programme in Leeds 
  • Sharing findings from the Leeds Flood Alleviation Scheme and lessons learnt from the natural flood management pilot to provide innovative solutions for future projects 
Councillor Mohammed Rafique
Councillor Mohammed Rafique
Executive Member for Environment and Active Lifestyles
Leeds City Council
Confirmed
1:40 pm
International Panel Discussion: Learning from International Best Practice Flood Prevention Innovation

In this interactive panel discussion hear from international experts about new and innovative ways to enhance flood resilience.  

  • Discussing innovative flood prevention measures from other countries which are also at high risk of flooding 
  • Sharing ideas for effective water management strategies and prevention of river and coastal flooding, especially preparation for extreme weather events 
  • Mitigating the economic impact of flooding through investment in long-term preventative measures  
  • Exploring how to work in partnership and share best practice internationally in order to develop sustainable and long-term solutions 
Nick Cali
Nick Cali
Regional Director
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority West, New Orleans, USA
Confirmed
Dr Clemens Neuhold
Dr Clemens Neuhold
Deputy Director, Flood Risk Management Directorate
Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, Austria
Confirmed
Guy Schumann
Guy Schumann
Scientific Expert Adviser, Geospatial Unit
Emergency Preparedness and Response Branch (OMEP), United Nations World Food Programme on Floods
Confirmed
Dr Janusz Zaleski
Dr Janusz Zaleski
Senior Policy Advisor
Odra Vistula River Basin Flood Protection Project, Poland
Confirmed
2:20 pm
Break, Virtual Networking and Live Delegate Meet Ups
2:30 pm
Workshop: Exploring Emerging Themes from the FCERM Strategy for Local Delivery

During this workshop Karl will explore key emerging themes from the Government’s FCERM Strategy for local delivery. Karl will also discuss Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) and Local Flood Risk Management Strategies (LFRMS). 

Karl Hardy
Karl Hardy
Senior Advisor - National Flood and Coastal Strategy Team
Environment Agency
Confirmed
3:20 pm
Chair’s Summary and Close

Following the final session, delegates will still have access to the event platform, to continue conversations with peers and for accessing resources. 

*Programme Subject to Change  

Audience

This Forum is specifically designed to be a multi-sector event including local authorities, fire and rescue services and the voluntary sector. Focusing on the importance of cross-sector collaboration in effectively reducing the risk and impact of flooding. Typical job titles attending this event include:

  • Flood Risk Managers
  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Heads of Planning
  • Heads of Resilience
  • Risk and Resilience Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Project & Major Project Managers
  • Civil Contingencies Managers
  • District Commanders
  • Business Continuity Managers
This Forum is also open to the private sector in order to encourage debate and networking.

Pricing

For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk