Wales’ environment minister Jane Davidson has praised the work of engineers to prepare for flooding in the region. Speaking at the eighth national Learning to Live with Flooding conference in Cardiff, organised by ICE Wales Davidson said climate change adaptation was one of her key priorities.
“I very much appreciate the work that is going on to help Wales address these issues. Flood risk is a significant threat to many of our communities and it is important that we both recognise and address that threat at all levels of our society,” she said.
“We cannot stop or prevent all floods before they reach communities; but we can work together to manage the impacts and consequences of flooding and we must work together to ensure that the citizens of Wales are aware of and prepared for the risks they face.”
The conference brought together representatives from the public and private sector, professional institutions and the Welsh Assembly Government.
“Flood risk is a significant threat and it is important that we both recognise and address it.”
They discussed how flood risk management policies can help minimise the effect of flooding across the country.
ICE Wales director Keith Jones agreed it was important to change attitudes towards flooding as well as change the way the flood risk is dealt with.
“We have to change the way we view flooding to ensure we plan for the possibility of a flood affecting us. This means being adequately informed of flood prevention and mitigation measures,” he said.
“Wales must also continue to adopt new approaches to manage the risk of flooding in response to the latest climate change forecasts.
“We can expect drier summers, wetter winters and increased storms and these changes can lead to more frequent flooding unless action is taken now to minimise the risks.”