Guest of Honour

Sarah Hendry Director of Floods and Water, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Overview
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.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Policy-UK's Welcome

 

09:05 - 09:35
Priorities for UK Flood Resilience

 

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Sarah Hendry Director of Floods and Water, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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09:35 - 10:30
Recognising Risk and Planning for Floods

 
  • What long-term strategies can be put in place to ensure that at-risk areas can be better protected?
  • How can the National Adaptation Programme, due for renewal in 2018, help address flood risk in the UK and what has changed since it was first introduced in 2013?
  • How effective are future floods forecasting systems in predicting and mapping floods?
  • How can authorities ensure that the public are properly informed about flood risk in their area?
  • What potential is there for using natural flood alleviation methods?
  • Given that local authority budgets are already stretched, what should local authorities be doing to help plan for and manage floods?
  • How can the UK secure development of necessary housing and infrastructure whilst also managing flood risks?
  • Two years on from the introduction of Flood Re, how has it benefited both the insurers and those living in high-risk flood areas?


10:30 - 10:35
Chair's Closing Comments

 

10:35 - 11:05
Refreshments, Coffee and Networking

 

11:05 - 11:10
Chair's Welcome Back

 

11:10 - 12:00
Increasing Resilience and Flood Management

 
  • What can we learn from other countries and cities around the world on effective flood management?
  • What can be done to ensure that critical infrastructure is protected in the event of a flood?
  • How can new developments in flood prevention and management be properly rolled out to the communities at highest risk?
  • How can small businesses be better equipped to deal with floods and how can they be more motivated towards investment in proper flood defences?
  • What financing is available for flood protection? Are there opportunities for investment?
  • How can new technologies help build up resilience against flooding?


12:00 - 12:55
Resilient Recovery from Flooding

 
  • How can local authorities, agencies and voluntary sector ensure that they are best prepared to respond to the effects of flooding?
  • Is a more strategic joined up approach required to ensure local authorities, agencies and the voluntary sector are best prepared to respond the effects of flooding and is more training for staff needed?
  • What opportunities are there to ensure that better support is provided for those affected by flooding?
  • What lessons can be learned from previous flooding incidents in the UK to improve flood recovery in the future?
  • With flooding warned to become a more common occurrence in the UK, what impact will this have on the construction industry?


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Heather Shepherd Community and Recovery Support, The National Flood Forum

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair's and Policy-UK's Thanks

 

End

Speakers

Sarah Hendry Director of Floods and Water, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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Heather Shepherd Community and Recovery Support, The National Flood Forum

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Venue details

Central London


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