The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest report ‘Climate Change 2021 The Physical Science Basis’ signalled 'code red for humanity' and states that ‘Climate change is already affecting every inhabited region across the globe …’.
We know that mitigation of climate change through reducing carbon emissions is urgent. More urgency also needs to be placed on adaptation in order to protect our communities and habitats from the impacts already occurring, while we strive toward net zero. This was the key message of The Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) report ‘Progress in adapting to climate change: 2021 Report to Parliament’ which noted that ‘…additional changes in the UK’s climate to 2050 are largely insensitive to the pathway of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over coming decades’ and that ‘The gap between future levels of risk and planned adaptation has widened in the last 5 years’. Blue-green infrastructure was credited as being a key adaptation measure to generate a range of benefits both for human health and wildlife.
Our 2020 conference ‘Delivering and monitoring blue-green infrastructure’ emphasised the need to mainstream the implementation of blue-green infrastructure. This year the urgency of this message is never more apparent. The impacts of COVID-19 have demonstrated how major threats can disrupt lives, and the messages from the IPCC and CCC emphasise the need to act now to be prepared for further change: goal 2 of COP26 is to ‘urgently adapt to protect communities and natural habitats'.
This CIRIA conference will explore how engagement, evaluation, management implementation and connecting blue-green infrastructure can unlock its multiple benefits as we strive to urgently adapt to the impacts of climate change on our communities and habitats.
• Explore how industry can help unlock the multiple benefits of blue-green infrastructure.
• Discover why climate change experts are calling for urgent action.
• Understand how engaging governments, businesses, and communities is key to climate
• Gain insight into how cities are improving climate resilience.
• Measure tangible benefits of blue-green infrastructure.
• Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
• Urban planners
• Urban regeneration specialists
• Lead Local Flood Authorities
• Drainage engineers
• Highway engineers
• Transport planners
• Landscape architects
• Landscape contractors
• Environmental specialists
• Infrastructure engineers
• Consulting engineers
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.
Wednesday 6 October 2021
09:15 – 13:15
09:15 Welcome and introduction
Alister Scott, Professor of Environmental Geography, Northumbria University
and Chair, Building with Nature Standards Board
09:25 Keynote – Engage: Taking action on adaptation
• State of the nation: UK ‘woefully unprepared’ for the impacts of climate
• The business case: stop greenwashing; align policy and investment; the
• Engage governments, businesses, and communities to adapt to climate
• Blue-green infrastructure as a key adaptation measure to protect,
restore and benefit human health and ecosystems.
Kathryn Brown, Head of Adaptation, Climate Change Committee
and Interim Director for Climate Action, The Wildlife Trusts (secondment)
09:50 Evaluate Making B£ST better
• Taking the blue-green infrastructure Benefits Estimation Tool online
• Estimate the benefits of blue-green infrastructure
• Realise tangible monetary benefits of blue-green infrastructure
• Adapt to, while mitigating impacts of, climate change
Chris Digman, Technical Lead, Stantec
Bruce Horton, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Stantec
10:15 Manage: Community engagement at Lea Brook Valley
• Discover how the collaboration with Yorkshire Water has resulted in
flood meadows, which help to reduce surface water flooding in this
• Gain insight into how the project is coordinated in Dronfield with a
team of local volunteers working for conservation and community
Jacqueline Diaz-Nieto, Wastewater Networks Strategy Lead,
David Walker, Director, Detectronic
10:40 Discussion: Adaptation to climate change using blue-green infrastructure
• How can we be better prepared for disease, extreme weather events
and the impacts of climate change?
• Understand how blue-green infrastructure can help us live more
harmoniously and how communities can help
• Call to action for well-planned interventions
• Where is urgent action most required?
Chris Digman, Technical Lead, Stantec
Eve Pierrepont, Resilience Portfolio Manager – Living with Water,
11:30 Implement: Blue-green infrastructures through social innovation
• Demonstrate how cities can improve climate resilience with blue-green
• Gain insight from ten pilot sites across Europe
• Share the outcomes, impact and learning from this four-year project
Dr. ir. Sebastiaan van Herk / Partner & Director, Bax & Company
11:55 Connect: Driving climate resilience and biodiversity across communities
• Discover how National Highways is connecting nature and biodiversity
by incorporating green infrastructure and flood defences across its estate
• Learn how these measures have positive impacts on asset performance,
resilience and efficiency as well as improve wellbeing and social cohesion
Dean Kerwick-Chrisp, Team Leader and Principal Environmental Advisor,
Safety Engineering and Standards, National Highways
12:20 Discussion: Connecting blue and green infrastructure in urban design
• Act fast: mobilising communities for adapting to climate change
• Delivering multiple benefits to create resilient, sustainable and liveable
• Increase community engagement with blue and green spaces
• Connect people, places and ideas to share experience, learnings and
Dr Liz Sharp, University of Sheffield and Principal Investigator, MAGIC
Tony Williams, Landscape Architect / Natural Scientist (Botany),
Transport Infrastructure Ireland
Pepe Puchol-Salort, Research Postgraduate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Department, UCL and Member, CAMELLIA research programme
13:05 Closing remarks
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Non-members £95 + VAT
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