Collaboration to become more water resilient in Newcastle

Background

Innovation in flood and water management, and the transformation towards more Blue-Green infrastructure (BGI) that deliver multiple benefits, is enhanced through partnership working, collaboration and wider stakeholder participation. However, barriers such as ineffective communication, fragmented responsibilities, lack of resources and ‘siloed thinking’ restrict discussion and delivery. The Learning and Action Alliance (LAA) framework helps overcome barriers by creating an open forum for discussion of water challenges and facilitating targeted actions needed to deliver opportunities and outcomes.

The Newcastle LAA was established in 2014 and is still active. It is a catalyst for change and supports collaboration to deliver sustainable flood risk and water management. The shared vision of the Newcastle as a ‘Blue-Green City’ helps focus the actions of the LAA. Learning is the key mechanism for collaboration and has increased organisations’ and individuals’ knowledge of different approaches to flood and water management, enabled frank discussion and negotiation, and identified opportunities where the LAA might influence city projects to increase the level of BGI and delivery of multiple co-benefits.