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Ready for the worst: NCE Flood Management Conference

NCE’s flood management conference in December will tackle the growing effects of climate change induced flooding on flood defence spending.

Last month’s Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change made it absolutely clear that there should be no let up in efforts to mitigate the effects of increasing temperatures.

The report stresses that leadership at global, national, local and organisational levels is now more urgent than ever to tackle the causes of climate change and respond to the more severe impacts we are now witnessing.

It is against this backdrop that NCE is organising Flood Management 2013, a conference where speakers and delegates will come together to discuss resilience strategies to deliver better protected communities and infrastructure. Issues to be discussed include:

  • The impact of spending cuts on capital and revenue programmes
  • How different authorities are developing sustainable drainage solutions and their experiences
  • The challenges faced by Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) and engineers

Delegates will hear from industry experts and share insights with their peers.

Recent discussion has focused on maintenance budgets and the need for improved local engagement on projects and defences

A particular focus will be local engagement. Over the past 12 months there has been considerable discussion about the role of Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) in managing flood risk, in the light of the 2012/13 floods.

This has focused on maintenance budgets and the need for improved local engagement on projects and defences.

At the conference Ian Benn, clerk of the Shire Group Internal Drainage Board, will discuss the changing role of IDBs and assess the impact a shift in power would have for LLFAs and communities.

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  • Book before 27 October to save £50 on the standard delegate rate. To register your interest or to book your place, please contact Will Fowler on 0203 033 4273 or email quoting VIP-FP-13.



David Rooke Environment Agency director of flood and coastal risk management

David Porter Rivers Agency development director

Fay Bull Nottingham City Council flood mitigation manager

Susan Woodhouse Dorset County Council senior engineer, flood risk management
Steven Lee, CPC Project Services associate director

Richard Harding Environment Agency project manager

Bill Parker Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils coastal manager

David Edwards Shropshire Council flood and water manager


Key reasons to attend

  • Gain essential updates from DEFRA on how changes to project funding and insurance will affect you.
  • Explore what the guidelines for SuDS may look like and hear how LLFAs are already implementing them across the country.
  • Share best practice with your peers and industry leaders for risk assessments and developing surface water management plans
  • Discover how developers and asset owners want to reduce flood risk and how you can work more closely with them.
  • Analyse the impact the weather of the last 12 months has had on local strategies and the challenges of responding to an incident.

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