Transformative change is needed in how flood risk and water security are managed in urban environments, in the UK and globally.
Increasingly, cities are rethinking their approaches to flood risk and water management, transitioning from flood defence to flood resilience by implementing water sensitive urban design such as Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) and blue-green infrastructure (swales, rain gardens, green roofs and wetlands) alongside the more traditional ‘grey’ infrastructure (flood walls, barriers, pipes and tanks).
Framed by the latest geographical research and practice, this event explores the multiple co-benefits of blue-green cities, and how these can overcome the biophysical, socio-political and societal barriers to innovation in urban flood and water management.
A policy briefing is in draft and will be shared in due course.
The Society worked with leading academics in the area to convene a knowledge exchange event around the benefits of blue-green cities. Contributors took part in individual presentations, before an extended panel-format Q&A session:
Emily O'Donnell (University of Nottingham), introducing the concept of blue-green cities
Dr Ana Mijic (Imperial College London), presenting on a systems approach to nature based solutions
David Singleton (DSA Environment and Design), presenting on delivering blue-green infrastructure benefits via good design
Mark Fletcher (Arup), providing a short reflection and response to the preceding presentations
Chair Oliver Harmar (Yorkshire Area Director, Environment Agency)
Additional links and resources from our contributors will be added here soon.
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