With 1 in 6 homes in the UK at major risk of flooding and evidence of climate change becoming more obvious with an increase in storms and heavy rainfall, it is important that the UK, and especially communities at high risk, are prepared for flooding and are able to recover from the effects of flooding efficiently. With more and more homes being built on floodplains, it is important to consider how the UK can secure development and infrastructure whilst also managing flood risks.
Recognising Risk and Planning for Floods –
This event provides the opportunity to discuss and debate the situation the UK is in regarding flood management and planning, looking at options for the revised National Adaptation Programme due for release in 2018 as well as natural flood alleviation methods. The morning will also consider how Flood Re insurance scheme has benefited the insurance companies and the individuals affected by flooding, and other options for insurance against flooding.
Increasing Resilience and Flood Management
Discussions will also focus on how the UK can improve flood management capabilities and what we can learn from other countries and cities on how to manage floods more effectively and efficiently. New technological developments in ensuring flood resilience and financing for flood defences will also be looked at.
Resilient Recovery from Flooding
Delegates will be able to consider how different sectors can be best prepared to respond to flooding. This will also lead on to a discussion about the options for a more coordinated response to severe flooding to have a speedier and more resilient response. Planned sessions will also discuss the impact of flooding on the individuals affected, looking at the effects felt on a personal level as well as physical.