Natural Flood Management: Enabling Partnerships and Action
Stroud District Council and the University of Gloucestershire Countryside and Community Research Institute are holding a conference aimed at building partnerships between local communities, flood groups, local authorities and land managers to enable them to deliver effective natural flood management at the local scale. It will describe the real partnerships established to enable Stroud District Council to deliver the Stroud Rural SuDs
project in Gloucestershire, which is building Natural Flood Management in the catchment of the Stroud River Frome.
We will also hear from senior speakers from the Environment Agency, Gloucestershire County Council and experts on building partnerships and community engagement about creating effective and long lasting partnerships between local authorities, communities and landowners to facilitate natural flood management projects on the ground.
There will be an opportunity for delegates to hear about and discuss in more detail two of following key seminar topics:
- Community engagement and involvement in NFM
- Funding and partnerships
- Consenting and regulation of NFM structures
- Practical delivery, techniques and land management
The conference will be a free event, but spaces are limited. When you register, please choose a maximum of two seminar topics to attend. There will be an opportunity to visit one of the Stroud project’s worksites on the morning of January 26th and again spaces will be strictly limited.
Natural Flood Management: Enabling partnerships and action.
The conference is aimed at accelerating building partnerships between local communities, flood groups, local authorities and land managers to enable them to deliver effective natural flood management at the local scale. It will describe the real partnerships established to enable Stroud District Council to deliver the Stroud Rural Suds project in Gloucestershire, which is building Natural Flood Management in the catchment of the Stroud River Frome.
9:30 Coffee and Registration
10:00 Opening remarks & welcome – Stephen Marston – Vice Chancellor University of Gloucestershire
10:05 Conference Chair – David Hagg – Chief Executive Stroud District Council
10:10 Clare Dinnis - Deputy Director Flood and Coastal Risk Management, Strategic Development Environment Agency - DEFRA 25 year plan & local authority delivery
10:25 Anne Wheeler – SWRFCC Chair – Funding, partnerships and structure & delivery
10:40 Mark Hawthorne – Leader Gloucestershire County Council
10:55 Questions for Speakers
11:15 Mary Dhonau – Community Floods Campaigner – Involving and engaging the Community in Natural Flood Management
11:30 Chris Uttley – Stroud RSuds Project Officer–Delivery of Natural Flood Management by a Local Authority and partners
11:50 Panel Question Session
13:15 Seminar 1 Options
- Community engagement & involvement
- Consenting & Regulation
- Funding and partnerships
- Practical delivery, land management, woodland management
14:15 Afternoon Tea
14:30 Seminar 2 Options As Above
15:30 Chris Short - University of Gloucestershire & Chairs of Seminar. Discussion and next steps