Improving Flood Resilience in the UK: Ensuring UK Flood Preparedness in a Changing Climate

Date: 19th October 2021

Location: Online

Improving Flood Resilience in the UK:
Ensuring UK Flood Preparedness in a Changing Climate

Date of Event: Tuesday, October 19th 2021

Time of Event: 9:30 AM — 1:00 PM

Place of Event: Webinar

Key Speakers

Natalie Bennett, Former Leader of the Green Party of England and Wales & Green Party peer
Dermot Kehoe, Director of Communications & Transition at Flood Re

Overview

The Energy & Climate Institute predicts by the 2050s, 2.6 million people will be living in areas that are at significant risk to flooding. In December 2015, parts of the UK were devastated by record-breaking levels of rainfall as a result of Storm Desmond. Britain experienced the wettest February on record in 2020 due to the succession of Storm’s Dennis, Ciara and George, which left thousands of homes flooded and many more without power.  This year, Storm Christoph flooded over 675 properties across England and Wales, and more recently, devastating flooding in Germany and Belgium have led to hundreds of deaths. The Committee on Climate Change have warned on serval occasion over the last decade, that despite additional investment, plans and actions to address increasing risk are lacking. 

In July 2020, the Government and Environment Agency announced a new £5.2 billion flood prevention and coastal management strategy to be brought in over the next 10 years, including protection of 336,000 properties in England by 2027. As well as this, additional funding of £200 million will help communities most at risk of flooding recover faster in cases where they are affected by flood damage. These announcements have also followed the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy (NFCERMS) which in part aims to help local authorities better communicate the risk of flooding to their communities. Furthermore, the Flood Re scheme, which was launched in 2016, designed to improve the availability and affordability of household insurance policies for people living in high flood risk areas, has been recently modified to include a ‘Build Back Better’ programme to pay claims that include resilient or resistant repairs, as well as flood damage. 

Significant progress has subsequently been made since the original NFCERMS was published in 2011. Risk management authorities, working with local partners, will have invested £2.6 billion of government funding in flood and coastal risk management, better protecting 300,000 homes between 2015 and 2021. However, as future climate projections predict increased and extreme weather variability, questions remain over the extent to which the nation is prepared for severe flooding. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee’s has recently called Ministers to address the current lack of long-term recovery support for flooded communities and collaborate with charities to develop guidance to engage local people with risk management and planning authorities. Additionally, the Flood Re scheme does excludes commercial properties and does not cover all domestic properties. Long-term funding is also needed to commit to the maintenance of existing and future defences, and to support local authorities as they attempt to develop flood projections into planning and development decisions.

This timely symposium will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders engaged in improving flood resilience to assess the current policies to tackle this matter and develop new strategies to improve the national policy apparatus.

Program

  • Critically evaluate the efficiency of existing government policy to improve flood resilience and identify gaps for improvement
  • Consider the progress and efficacy of the Flood Re scheme and the impact of the new amendments
  • Evaluate the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee Report on Flooding from February 2021.
  • Examine the DEFRA Ox-Cam Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder Project
  • Consider existing ways of modelling flood risk and how to improve methodology
  • Explore the contributions of the government’s 2018 25-Year Environment Plan and generate priorities for a long-term vision for national flood resilience
  • Generate methods of securing broader environmental gains through sophisticated flood resilience provisions
  • Analyse the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy Action Plan 2021
  • Scrutinise existing government provisions for flood risk management namely the £5.2 billion for flood defences 2021-2027
  • Assess the ‘Flood Re’ program and create robust methods of insuring those most at risk of severe flooding
  • Determine creative strategies which can educate communities and the public about flood risk and encourage reasonable independent steps toward embedding flood resilience
  • Consider the impact that new and emerging technologies can have on delivering effective and affordable flood resilience strategies

Who Should Attend?

  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Lead Local Flood Authorities
  • The Environment Agency
  • District and Borough Councils
  • Coastal Erosion Risk Management Authorities
  • Water and Sewage Companies
  • FCRM Officers
  • Resilience and Disaster Recovery Officers
  • Emergency Responders
  • Flood and Water Officers
  • Civil Contingencies Managers
  • Local Authority Officers and Councillors
  • Central and Regional Government Agencies
  • Fire and Ambulance Service
  • Police Service and Police Authorities
  • Civil Defence and Emergency Planning Consultants
  • Community Safety Teams
  • Transport Operators
  • Risk Assessment Teams
  • Business Continuity Teams
  • Disaster Recovery Charities and NGOs
  • Environmental Services and Sanitary Services
  • Environmental and Utilities Service Providers
  • Environmental Health Teams
  • Energy Companies
  • Planning Officers
  • Sustainability Advisers
  • Climate Change Officers
  • Energy Sector
  • Public Weather Service Advisors
  • Technology Providers
  • Insurance Industry
  • Road Maintenance and Improvement Teams
  • Highways and Drainage Teams
  • Housing Officers and Managers
  • Neighbourhood Renewal Officers
  • Academics, Analysts and Researchers

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