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Collaboration to become more water resilient in Ebbsfleet

Improving water resilience and delivering better water management is very tricky to deliver alone. Collaboration between organisations and different disciplines is essential. This free webinar will discuss the use of a Learning Action Alliance to provide a framework for collaboration and the delivery of better water management outcomes.

Problems like flooding or more broadly climate change, are very difficult to solve as they are ‘wicked problems’, being complex to understand with multiple and conflicting solutions that in some cases can create problems for others. They require more integrated approaches, which can only be achieved if the stakeholders collaborate. 

A Learning and Action Alliance (LAA) helps deal with ‘wicked problems’. This is an open forum that brings local stakeholders to the table to facilitate learning and innovation. LAAs are usually a voluntary and open arrangement that enable collaborative working between a group of individuals or organisations with a shared interest in delivering change. The aim is for stakeholders to bring their knowledge and expertise and talk freely outside the constraints of existing formal institutional settings.

Why attend?
While the concept of LAAs has increased in popularity, there is still limited knowledge of their value and contribution in delivering better outcomes. This free webinar will present the lessons learnt in implementing the LAA and includes presentations from those at the ‘coal face’ of implementing an LAA and better water management in Ebbsfleet, Kent. The speakers have been involved in the implementation of the LAA for the last three years.  The objectives of the webinar are to:
  • Provide an overview of the principles of establishing an LAA
  • Present what was accomplished as part of the Ebbsfleet LAA
  • Provide the perspective of two different stakeholders that were involved in the LAA
  • Reflect on the opportunities and challenges of implementing LAAs
12.20    Webinar available to log in
12.30    CIRIA introduction
12.35    The opportunities and challenges of implementing an LAA
     Dr. Tudor Vilcan, Open University
13.00    The role of the Ebbsfleet LAA in developing the Ebbsfleet Water Strategy
     Simon Harrison, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
13.25    Examples of learning and engaging from the Ebbsfleet LAA 
     Bronwyn Buntine, Kent County Council
13.50    Q&A
14.00    Webinar ends
Who should attend?
Regulators, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, those working in Local planning authorities (planners), those working in Lead Local flood authorities, those working in sewerage undertakers, infrastructure designers/engineers

This webinar is free to attend

28 November 2019
12:30 - 14:00

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