The Blue-Green Path to Urban Flood Resilience

Date: 7th March 2019

Location: Newcastle Centre for Life

Over the past six years academics from leading UK Universities working on the Blue-Green Cities and Urban Flood Resilience research projects have produced world class research outputs demonstrating the multiple benefits of Blue-Green infrastructure, resilience of urban water systems under climate and population change, opportunities to use stormwater as a resource, citizens’ interactions and interoperability of Blue-Green systems. In parallel, local partners in Newcastle, including Newcastle City Council, Northumbrian Water, the Environment Agency and Newcastle University, have explored what these approaches mean for the city and developed working relationships which seek to influence a Blue-Green Vision for Newcastle. This led to the signing of the Newcastle Blue and Green Declaration in February 2016.

This event showcases progress with implementation of Blue-Green infrastructure in Newcastle and the wider NE, and celebrates the achievements of the Declaration signatories. Blue-Green infrastructure successes and ambitions will be presented and the Urban Flood Resilience team will disseminate their research outputs.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Cllr Nick Kemp (Newcastle City Council)
  • Richard Warneford (Northumbrian Water)
  • Phil Rothwell (North East Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC))
  • James Harris (RTPI)
  • Justin Abbott (Arup)
  • Fola Ogunyoye (Royal HaskoningDHV)
  • Eugene Milne (Newcastle City Council)
  • Ola Holmstrom (Sweco)
  • Lisa Stephenson (Groundwork NE & Cumbria)
  • Gwen Rhodes (Stantec)
  • Colin Thorne (University of Nottingham)

Benefits of attending:

  • Hear influential thinkers and view insightful presentations
  • Be part of the discussion on progressing the Newcastle Declaration on Blue and Green Infrastructure, and changing policy and practice
  • Learn more about the findings of the Urban Flood Resilience project
  • Network and engage with key local policy makers, practitioners and academics

This event is free to attend and open to professionals interested in Blue-Green infrastructure and urban water management.

Please register online by 26th February 2019. For more information contact Emily O’Donnell (Emily.O’Donnell@nottingham.ac.uk, 0115 8468137)

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