Successful community engagement for SuDS

This webinar will focus on the principles and practices of community engagement relevant to retrofitting SuDS.

Online registration for this event is now closed.  If you would like to register, please complete and return the booking form to Sarah Macpherson


The benefits of sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) to our communities and environment are now becoming recognised.

Community engagement is a vital part of the approach to delivering and retrofitting blue-green infrastructure, particularly SuDS. As we grapple with the opportunities and challenges of SuDS it is important to work with communities to explain their role and benefits. This often involves understanding and explaining how communities can become actively involved when changes are made to existing places and spaces in order to deliver SuDS that better manage surface water and improve quality of life.

Community engagement is most effective when undertaken from the early stages of planning, through to the delivery and eventual maintenance of SuDS features and landscapes. It is important to integrate this engagement with the delivery of SuDS to ensure community aspirations and concerns are considered and embraced through the life of the SuDS project.

Utilising findings from the Blue Green Cities and Achieving Urban Flood Resilience in an Uncertain Future research projects and experiences from the Third Sector organisation Groundwork, this free webinar will focus on the principles and practices of community engagement relevant to retrofitting SuDS. Our speakers will explain the value and principles of effective engagement and provide some examples of good practice. They will also explain how community engagement is evolving to respond to the challenges of COVID lockdowns.

Why attend
Recognise the benefits of community engagement for retrofitting SuDS
Understand the principles of effective community engagement
Gain insight into the community engagement process for SuDS
Hear specialists share examples of good engagement and some of the challenges that
need to be overcome
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Flood risk managers, Drainage engineers, Landscape architects, Highway engineers,
Community engagement specialists
Those working for: Flood Risk Management Authorities, Sewerage Undertakers,
Catchment partnerships

Tuesday 27 April 2021
11:00 - 12:00

11:00 Welcome and introduction
Louise Walker, CIRIA
11:05 Principles of successful community engagement
Glyn Everett, University of the West of England
11:25 Community engagement in practice
Daniel Brittle, Groundwork London
11:45 Interactive discussion and Q&A
12:00 Closing remarks

CIRIA members Free
Non-members Free

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