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Royal lecture series to look at UK’s flood risk

Experts from the UK and abroad will explore the impact of the UK’s growing flood risk on the built environment, in a series of public lectures supported by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.

The Duke of Gloucester lecture series, Flood Risk and the Built Environment, has been developed by the Inter-Institutional Flood Risk Management Group, which aims to promote flood management and resilience across all sectors of the built environment.

ICE vice president and flooding expert David Balmforth said the UK must take an innovative approach to our future flood management strategies.

“The UK can no longer continue to rely solely on flood defenses. We need to find sustainable solutions, building flood resilience into the blueprints of future communities,” said Balmforth. “We hope the Duke of Gloucester lecture series will help bring to the fore the challenges facing the UK.”

The inaugural lecture will be given by Environment Agency flooding director Robert Runcie, and will discuss the medium and long-term strategy for managing flood risk and enhancing flood resilience in the UK as well as addressing the implementation of the recommendations made by the Pitt Review.

The Inter-Institutional Flood Risk Management Group comprises the Royal United Services Institute, the ICE, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Landscape Institute and the Chartered Water and Environmental Management.

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