Integrated Green Grey Infrastructure+Green River Engineering

This is an opportunity for anyone interested in understanding multifunctional green infrastructure and how it offers range of solutions to river and urban engineering. The webinar brings together summaries from two separate strands of NERC funded research; the first will focus on HR Wallingford's Green approaches in river engineering - supporting the implementation of Green Infrastructure and the second will be an introduction to Universities of Glasgow and Oxford's Decision support framework for Integrated Green Grey Infrastructure or IGGI.

PLEASE NOTE THAT JOINING INSTRUCTION HAVE BEEN SENT FOR THIS WEBINAR, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND AT SHORT NOTICE PLEASE CONTACT CIRIA.

Background
This webinar follows on from the launch of the NERC funded Green Infrastructure approaches in fluvial, coastal, urban and historic environments presented in April 2017 (given by a range of speakers led by HR Wallingford and University of Glasgow). 

Working together with natural systems provides a range of benefits to society, from reduction of climate change impacts and protection against floods and environmental disasters to carbon storage, clean water and air. This idea has led to the concept of Green Infrastructure (GI): a network of natural and semi-natural features that intersperses and connects villages, towns and cities. For many reasons, however, much of UK’s infrastructure does not currently fit with the description of GI. To address this shortcoming, two NERC funded projects were set up to highlight innovative measures that include or improve GI in and alongside grey infrastructure and to help decision making. These projects will point to innovative opportunities to alter practices, change methods or select different materials to include habitat in new build, repairs, improvements and to retrofit.

On watercourses, there is a pressing need to better understand the performance of green engineering bank stabilisation measures: to understand their whole life performance compared to hard engineered solutions. There is also a strong legislative framework that drives the need to protect and enhance the environment, from European and UK legislation such as the Water Framework Directive 2000, Flood Directive 2007 and the Flood & Water Management Act, 2010. The European Commission is also committed to developing a GI Strategy to help to achieve the Europe 2020 objectives. GI solutions include green engineering measures and greening grey river engineering assets with equivalent or increased benefits compared to conventional “grey” infrastructure. Green measures can become self-regenerating and represent a long-term solution that also promotes biodiversity and amenity value.
Case studies of past schemes from across a range of river typologies were revisited to better understand how they have performed from both an engineering perspective and ecosystem services benefits.

On the coast, there are many opportunities to enhance “grey” linear coastal and estuarine flood alleviation and erosion protection assets to create ecological niches that deliver outcomes for the environment and society. In some cases there is also the opportunity to reduce the rate of deterioration. All too often these chances are overlooked but as sea levels rise, habitat opportunities further up the tidal column will become increasingly important. This research has looked at existing case studies to establish how they have performed and what added benefits they provide. 
 
In urban and historic built environments there are opportunities to green grey non-building assets (bridges, freestanding walls and street furniture) to improve their multifunctionality; providing habitats can improve sustainability, reduce short, medium and long-term costs, improve aesthetic appeal, resilience and a host of ecosystem services to improve chronic urban problems. Other opportunities include using nature on or around our historic buildings to help maintain monuments. The work produced from both projects will help designers, commissioners and government agencies identify opportunities to include green measures and examine them against a number of critical success factors. This will help to determine to what degree they can be included as part of a comprehensive business plan that includes budget and economic benefits, engineering performance and environmental services such as ecosystem enhancement and amenity value.

Why attend?
This webinar will concisely disseminate the findings of two NERC funded research projects on Green Infrastructure:
  • Implementing GI Approaches to River Engineering Protection Measures 
  • A Decision Framework for Integrated Green Grey Infrastructure (IGGIframe) which is now completed
Decision support framework documents and case studies that were collated for these projects will be presented and participants will be encouraged to provide comments and ideas for further research in these areas.
It is aimed at providing information to those who were  unable to attend the seminar for both in April 2017, as well as to provide an opportunity for the IGGI to be fully launched and disseminated as part of what was a staggered programme of out puts for both projects.

Programme
13:00 Welcome and introduction, Suzanne Simmons, CIRIA
13:05 Title tbc, Jonathan Simms, HR Wallingford
13:25 Title tbc, Dr. Larissa Naylor, University of Glasgow
13:50 Q&A
14:00 Close

Who should attend?
Consultants, academics, asset owners, key government agencies including EA, NRW, SEPA, NI Rivers Agency, NE, Local Authorities, large landowners including the Crown Estate, National Trust and NGOs including rivers trusts and coastal forums. 

When 
12 October 2017 
13:00 - 14.00 

Fees 
Free to attend 

Booking 
If you are experiencing issues registering for this event online please contact us on 020 7549 3300  or email enquiries@ciria.org.  

PLEASE NOTE THAT JOINING INSTRUCTION HAVE BEEN SENT FOR THIS WEBINAR, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND AT SHORT NOTICE PLEASE CONTACT CIRIA.


12/10/2017 - 12/10/2017
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