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Bluer, greener, faster
Join CIRIA's 4th conference on blue-green infrastructure (BGI) for an interactive day of presentations and discussions while raising your concerns and inputting your ideas for moving forward.
In partnership with CIRIA Biodiversity Community of Practice
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Learn more about the CoP's aims, and how you can get involved
The climate and ecological emergencies are real. Communities are suffering from the impacts of extreme weather and species are becoming extinct. Longer-term targets have been set for emission reductions and improved practices, but action is needed now to adapt to changes and to slow them. Increasing and improving green infrastructure and water quality has many benefits for society, the environment and the economy and is already being implemented, but this needs to happen far more quickly and far more extensively.
Hear from those with practical experience of implementing BGI to understand what challenges were faced and how opportunities were taken.
Seek input from fellow delegates on the challenges you face in starting BGI projects.
Find out what help is available and how to access it, and seek input on how CIRIA can assist.
Understand what BGI works well in both urban and rural areas.
Consider the future – what competing plans might affect how BGI is implemented and how we can plan ahead.
Earn valuable CPD.
Who should attend
Urban planners and regeneration specialists
Local Authorities, and Lead Local Flood Authorities
Drainage, highway, infrastructure, and consulting engineers
Landowners, developers, consultants and architects
Landscape architects and contractors
Registration and networking
Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive,
Krista Patrick, Principal Consultant, Nature Recovery
Network – PAS,
Local Government Association
Natural Capital Coordinator,
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Greener Grangetown: from planning to reality – how to make it happen?
Ian Titherington, Senior Policy Adviser – Sustainable Drainage,
Water, Flood and Coal Tip Safety Division,
Valuing the benefits of blue-green infrastructure
Adrien Baudrimont, Research Manager,
Community engagement frameworks to facilitate and encourage greater
community co-production of BGI
Marieke Nieuwaal, Technical Principal – Nature Based Solutions,
Interactive session: How can we speed up the delivery of BGI?
More BGI in schools
Aimee Felus, Trust Manager,
Arun & Rother Rivers Trust
Managing local flood risk through blue roofs
Neill Robinson-Welsh, Blue Roof Consultant,
ACO Building Drainage
Greening coastal infrastructure through eco-engineering
Tom Matthewson, Technical Director, Marine,
Joanne Heredge, Assistant Project Manager,
Interactive session: How can we speed up the delivery BGI?
Group discussion: Joined up thinking for climate ambitions – future
Wednesday 29 November 2023
10:00 - 16:00
The Institution of Structural Engineers
47-58 Bastwick Street
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£150 + VAT
Members from ASA, CaBA, CIEEM, CIWEM and IEMA
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£200 + VAT
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