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Next steps for flood and coastal erosion risk management

Morning, Tuesday, 6th December 2022

This conference focuses on current policy priorities for tackling flooding and coastal erosion.

With keynote contributions from Defra, the Environment Agency and the National Infrastructure Commission, it will be an opportunity to examine new research, plans and initiatives for flood and climate resilience and adaptation - as well as latest on funding, infrastructure, collaboration and practical action.

Delegates will assess the EA’s Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Strategy for England and discuss issues for its implementation.

With the NIC due to publish its Reducing the risks of surface water flooding study, discussion will look at how policies for flood and coastal erosion risk management dovetail with wider priorities, such as the National Infrastructure Strategy.

The conference will also be a timely opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the future direction of government policy under a new prime minister, and the long-term targets and commitments to protect and restore the environment.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • policy making - meeting the challenges of flooding - effective guidance - adaptation - best practice for engagement of stakeholders in policy creation
  • flood defences - infrastructural and nature-based solutions - working at a local level and improvement of cross-region working - identifying community needs and adapting quickly to the effects of climate change
  • finance - public investment in flood prevention - leverage of private investment channels - the future of flooding reinsurance and effective insurance regimes
  • data - providing better data and information to support flood risk mapping - improving ways of measuring changes in risk - monitoring - share evidence and best practices

We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from Jim Hall, Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission; Steven Tupper, FCERM Strategy Implementation Manager, Environment Agency; and a senior speaker confirmed from Defra.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from the CCC; Defra; DfT; Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Geospatial Commission; the House of Commons Library; and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Steven Tupper

FCERM Strategy Implementation Manager, Environment Agency

Keynote Speakers

Steven Tupper

FCERM Strategy Implementation Manager, Environment Agency

Senior speaker confirmed from Defra

Jim Hall

Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission


Baroness McIntosh of Pickering

Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group


Dr Carola Koenig

Vice Dean (International) and Senior Lecturer, Brunel University London; and Charted Engineer and Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

Innes Thomson

Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities

Dr Andy Russell

Lecturer in Environmental Science, Queen Mary University of London

Tracey Garrett

CEO, National Flood Forum

Max Tant

Flood and Water Manager, Kent County Council

Siriol Hogg

Vice Chair, St Neots and Churchtown Flood Action Groups

Andy Bord

Chief Executive, Flood Re

Louise Webb

Principal Adviser Nature based Solutions, Natural England

Richard Bramley

Chair, Environment Forum, NFU

Terry Fuller

Chief Executive, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Ruth Goodall

Technical Director, AECOM