Mobilising Communities for adaptation

Background
Living with Water is a flagship partnership already gaining external recognition for its innovative partnership working.
There are four principal leads in the “Living with Water” Partnership comprising representatives from:

  • Hull City Council,
  • East Riding of Yorkshire Council
  • Environment Agency and
  • Yorkshire Water

This body has agreed to work collaboratively to deliver the Board’s vision:
“…to create a thriving community in Hull and Haltemprice through working together on flood risk management to become an international exemplar for living in harmony with water”.

Working with external partners from the University of Sheffield, Living with Water has developed a strong relationship to deliver the ‘Mobilising Communities for Adaptation’ project.

The team has worked with two communities in Hull and the East Riding, Derringham and Bilton to really try and understand residents’ current feelings about flooding and specifically learn about their desires to embrace use raintanks that allow them to contribute to reducing local flood risk.

Messages from the project include:

  • Mobilising communities is a form of community engagement that takes time, it requires two-way engagement – listening as well as talking – and close and coordinated partnership working
  • Subject to the intensity of uptake and the type of rain tank, community and household rainwater storage has the potential to make a significant contribution to reducing flood risk
  • Mobilisation initiatives also have the potential to enable fuller community understanding of flood risk mitigation in Hull.

To complement the MoCA findings, we have invited speakers from two other projects concerned about community involvement in water management:

Test Sites Calder: Anthropologist Megan Clinch (Queen Mary University) and Artist Ruth Levene have collaborated in a study of communities’ experiences of flood risk and flood resilience in the Calder Valley.

CAMELLIA (Community Water Management for a Liveable London). The growing population of London and planned housing require water to be supplied and flooding to be reduced as far as possible. However, the region is vulnerable to water shortages and floods. CAMELLIA enables a range of organisations and people to contribute to, and apply systems-thinking and co-designed tools to create a paradigm shift in integrated water management and governance. The goal is for real stakeholder engagement in water management decisions and to provide a template, not just for London’s growth, but for other cities, regions and communities both nationally and globally.

Ruth Levene - Artist
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