Mobilising Communities for Adaptation

Living with Water and the University of Sheffield have been working with communities to really try to understand current feelings about flooding and learn about their desires to use raintanks to contribute to reducing local flood risk.


Living with Water is a flagship partnership already gaining external recognition for its innovative partnership working.
There are four principle leads in the “Living with Water” Partnership comprising representatives from the Hull City Council, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water.

This body has agreed to work collaboratively to deliver the Board’s vision:
“…to create a thriving community in Hull and Haltemprice through working together on flood risk management to become an international exemplar for living in harmony with water”.

Working with external partners from the University of Sheffield, Living with Water has developed a strong relationship to deliver the ‘Mobilising Communities for Adaptation’ project.

The team has worked with two communities in Hull and the East Riding, Derringham and Bilton to really try and understand residents’ current feelings about flooding and specifically learn about their desires to embrace use raintanks that allow them to contribute to reducing local flood risk. The project has delivered learning about how to engage communities as well as what contribution domestic raintanks can make to enhancing flood resilience.
Messages from the project include:
- Mobilising communities is a form of community engagement that takes time, it requires two-way engagement – listening as well as talking – and close and coordinated partnership working;
- Subject to the intensity of uptake and the type of rain tank, community and household rainwater storage has the potential to make a significant contribution to reducing flood risk
- Mobilisation initiatives also have the potential to enable fuller community understanding of flood risk mitigation in Hull

Why attend

To showcase the outcomes of the project alongside work linking community engagement with sustainable drainage elsewhere in the UK

09:45   Registration & networking
10:30   Welcome & Introductions
            Lee Pitcher
10:35   Setting the scene
            Living with Water: An interactive presentation bringing to life the award-winning
            Living with Water project’s challenges, early successes and what comes next
            Lee Pitcher
11:05   Partnership working to Mobilise Communities for Adaptation
            - How the project was shaped and who was involved
            - What were the key outputs to be achieved
            Liz Sharp & Martin Armour
11:25   The Learning from MoCA
            - What the science tells us about rain water harvesting
            Ruth Quinn & Virginia Stovin
12:05    Panel of Experts Q&A
             Chaired by Lee Pitcher
12:20    Lunch
13:20   The Learning from MoCA
            A consolidation of the community research, what it is telling us and how it informs future thinking
            Christine Sefton
13:50   Panel Discussion
            Chaired by L Pitcher
14:15   Test Sites; Calder
            Ruth Levene and Megan Clinch
14:35   TBC
            Sarah Bell
14:50   Q & A
            Chaired by L Pitcher
15:00   Closing Remarks
            Lee Pitcher

Who should attend
- Policy makers concerned with blue-green infrastructure– OFWAT, CCW, Defra, CCC
- Local authority drainage engineers and those working on regeneration in areas with drainage-related investment
- Water company drainage and waste water management specialists


Tuesday 14th January 2019
10:30 - 15:00 (registration from 09:45)

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