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Natural flood management - the silver bullet?

Join us for CIRIA's Annual Debate: leading experts will discuss the role and efficacy of natural flood management in reducing flood risk.

We are no longer accepting online registrations to this event. Instead, please complete and return the booking form to James Nguyen to register to CIRIA's Annual Debate. Alternatively, please email our Customer Service team.

Heavy rainfall led to swathes of Europe suffering devastating flooding last July, resulting in more than 240 fatalities and considerable damage to infrastructure. Subsequently the UK government announced a record £5.2 billion of investment over six years including over £860m investment in flood alleviation schemes in 2021-2022 as part of the Flood and Coastal Erosion Investment Plan.

Natural flood management (NFM) is a tool to help reduce flood risk whilst providing additional co-benefits. NFM works with natural processes to reduce flood risk, often across a catchment area and begins by protecting or restoring the natural response to rainfall and reintroducing rivers’ natural processes and features.

How does NFM fit into a risk-based approach to flooding and is it receiving adequate support and investment compared to ‘grey’ engineered infrastructure solutions to manage flood risk issues?

While NFM is gaining in popularity, will it have the desired impact on reducing flooding compared to traditional flood defence systems and how should investment be directed? Join leading experts as they debate the value of NFM in flood risk management.

CIRIA has just published the widely anticipated ‘The natural flood management manual’ (C802). Click here to order a hard copy of the manual or alternatively download a free copy from the CIRIA Bookshop.

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Why attend
  • Explore some of the challenges and opportunities natural flood management methods present compared to traditional flood defence systems.
  • Hear different perspectives from landowners relinquishing valuable land to homeowners at risk of flooding demanding tangible flood defences.
  • Discuss how investment should be directed between developing new schemes alongside maintaining and operating our existing defences.
  • Consider whether we should adopt a more holistic approach of combining naturalised NFM with hard engineered measures to reduce flood risk.
  • Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
Those involved in planning, design, construction and management of Natural Flood Management works, including lead local flood authorities, environmental regulators, internal drainage boards, water and sewerage companies, infrastructure owners and operators, landowners, land managers, tenant farmers, environmental NGOs, community groups, professionals working within civil engineering, hydrology, highways, waterways and railway infrastructure, land drainage, flood alleviation works, catchment partnerships, universities, and research organisations.

Tuesday 14 June 2022
14:00 – 16:00


14:00 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA

14:05 Chair's opening remarks
Steven Trewhella, Director, Rivelin Bridge

14:10 Keynote address
Alex Sobel MP, Shadow Minister, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

14:15 Speakers will provide short opening remarks followed by chaired debate
and discussion

Will McBain, Associate Director, Arup
Bridget Woods Ballard, Technical Director, HR Wallingford
Professor Rob Lamb, Managing Director, JBA Trust and
Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre
Emma Wren, Technical Principal, Nature Based Solutions, Mott MacDonald
Paul Sayers, Founding Partner, Sayers and Partners
Professor Richard Ashley, Emeritus Professor of Urban Water,
The University of Sheffield
Paul Campbell, Solution Engineer, Innovyze

15:15 Debate and questions from the floor

15:55 Closing remarks

CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members £45 + VAT

We are no longer accepting online registrations to this event. Instead, please complete and return the booking form to James Nguyen to register to CIRIA's Annual Debate. Alternatively, please email our Customer Service team.

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