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Enhancing Flood Resilience through Innovation, Technology and Collaboration – Central London – Thursday 8th February 2018

Present estimates state that annual flood damages for the whole of the UK are £1.1 billion, with around 5.4 million properties in England at risk of flooding from rivers, the sea, surface water or all three. In 2017 costal areas across the UK have been hit by severe winds and heavy rain, causing power cuts and damage to properties. In North Yorkshire flash flooding has caused road closures and trains have been cancelled. Whole communities across the UK have been left isolated, without power, with severe disruptions or damage to local transport infrastructure.


Funding for flood defences is a source of continuous political debate and controversy, particularly with reference to whether the government is providing enough funding to at risk regions. Under the coalition government spending on flood defence did increase overall, despite initial claims it would decrease. Whilst revenue funding is allocated for a one-year period only, the 2015 Government has protected maintenance funding in real terms at the 2015/16 level (£171 million). It has also allocated funding up until 2020, totalling about £1 billion. Alongside this, the future capital investment is contingent on £600 million partnership funding contributions and in 2016 the Government confirmed it had raised £270 million of this target.


However, funding is not the only variant conducive to sustainable or effective floor resilience. Last year the Government launched its ‘National Flood Resilience Review’, outlining its strategy to enhance flood defences. Among other recommendations outlined in the review, it outlined the need for increased collaboration between various stakeholders and investment in innovation and technology to enhance flood resilience. Currently, householders can access innovative ways to defend against flooding through the Government’s Repair and Renew Grant. UK SMEs are also providing the opportunity for householders to purchase door guards, flood resilient cavity wall insulation, mobile barriers, further empowering householders. In addition, technology can help improve warning systems, increase awareness of flood maps. Similarly, enhancing collaboration can encourage sign-up to flood warnings, and support the establishment of community flood groups. – Consider making this work slightly better as a narrative, as opposed to a disconnected list of points about flood resilience.


This crucial symposium will address the debate surrounding the UK’s flood resilience strategy. It will provide policy makers, local flood authorities, environmental agencies, government departments, local authorities and businesses, the opportunity to resolve the challenges around enhancing innovation and increasing collaboration to maximise the efficacy of flood defences.


Delegates Will:


  • Scrutinise the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review and discuss other recent government measures to enhance flood resilience
  • Review gaps in the Government’s strategy to tackle floods and debate ways to fill these gaps with innovative policy ideas
  • Discuss the future of flood resilience management and review future challenges and what solutions can help prepare local authorities prepare for them
  • Develop tools to measure a city’s resilience by analysing various aspects of a local authority’s resilience capacity
  • Formulate a framework to translate a local authority’s ambitions of city resilience into action
  • Analyse the role of innovation in delivering multiple benefits and better outcomes for flood resilience management
  • Strategise a framework to drive collaboration, engagement and partnership between local government, communities and businesses.
  • Reflect on how technology, such as drones, can capture effective data to drive up standards of flood resilience

I am pleased to advise you that we offer a  20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (£156 for local community group) for bookings received by the 8th December 2017. Book online or visit our website
Conference Team
Public Policy Exchange
Tel: 020 3137 8630
Fax: 020 3137 1459

Natural measures must be key to UK flood protection, MPs urge

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, Flood Mitigation, In The Press, National Flood Resilience Review, Natural Flood Management.

2nd November 2016 Report also criticises government’s plans and funding and calls for Environment Agency to be stripped of responsibility for flooding Natural ways of stopping floods, such as tree planting and putting logs in rivers to slow water flow must be a key part of protecting the nation as climate change intensifies rain storms,… Read more »

National Flood Forum Bulletin – November 2016

Posted & filed under Blog, Community Resilience, Flood Mitigation, National Flood Forum Bulletins, National Flood Resilience Review, Natural Flood Management, Nottingham Trent University.

The Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee’s report, Future Flood Prevention, recently recommended a complete overhaul of how we tackle flooding. Amongst the recommendations was that we should take a more holistic approach to managing flood risk, including incorporating natural flood management (NFM) into the toolkit. NFM is about how we delay and… Read more »

Government commits £15m to natural flood management

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Friday 25 November 2016 Natural management is ‘vital’ as well as other flood defences says environment secretary The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will spend £15m on natural flood management projects, the environment secretary has announced. On Thursday, Andrea Leadsom confirmed to parliament that, although flood defences such as concrete barriers are… Read more »

UK government plans for more extreme rainfall

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8th September 2016 The UK’s new flood defence plans anticipate significantly higher extreme rainfall, after new research was published as part of the government’s National Flood Resilience review. The government, which had been criticised for not taking full account of the impact of climate change in driving up flood risk, will now plan for 20-30%… Read more »

Fears grow over danger of flooding around the UK as inquiry is shelved

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Extract from The Guardian 5th August 2016 Experts warn that time is running out to prevent similar devastation caused by last year’s floods as National Flood Resilience Review is delayed This government review, launched to pinpoint ways to prevent a repetition of last winter’s devastation, has just been postponed. The National Flood Resilience Review, chaired… Read more »

National Flood Resilience Review: Government action to tackle floods

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The government confirmed the terms of reference for the National Flood Resilience Review, which will be chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Oliver Letwin. Established in December 2015 following Storm Desmond, the Review will assess how the country can be better protected from future flooding and increasingly extreme weather events. It will… Read more »