Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Since lockdown, we have been organising our full programme of conferences online. We will continue online until further notice, to ensure we play our part in helping our employees and delegates to remain safe during this time. We are pleased that so many key stakeholders, policymakers and other interested parties - both old friends and new delegates - are taking up the opportunity to discuss public policy issues and network at our impartial seminars. New events are coming on to our conference programme all the time. So there are plenty of opportunities for you to join us if you haven’t already, from wherever you are. For booking-related queries, or information on speaking, please email us at info@forumsupport.co.uk or contact us using one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +44 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244.
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Next steps for flood and coastal erosion risk management

Morning, Friday, 4th December 2020

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examining priorities and next steps for flood and coastal erosion risk management, in the context of the Government’s long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion, and the Environment Agency’s National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England.

The context at a glance:

  • Flood and coastal erosion risk management: policy statement - government’s long term plan, with £5.2bn for flood and coastal defences and support for business and household flooding recovery
  • National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England - the Environment Agency charting the future of FCERM readiness and resilience
  • Surface water and drainage: review of responsibilities - government taking forward recommendations including on advice to decision-makers, responsibilities and long-term investment
  • Letter: Flood and Coastal Resilience Standards - to the Environment Secretary from the CCC, NIC and Flood Re calling for national resilience standards

The agenda:

  • Priorities for implementing the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England
  • Latest thinking on the impact of climate change on flooding and priorities for mitigation and adaption
  • Key infrastructure - priorities for improving flood resilience and for building it into future planning
  • Climate-resilient development across the country - innovation, investment, and opportunities for upgrading, maintaining and expanding flood defences and infrastructure in England
  • Priorities for developing an affordable flood insurance market
  • A joined-up approach to flood risk management:
    • the role of the water industry
    • promoting nature-based solutions in flood prevention and resilience
    • priorities for engaging and incentivising stakeholders
  • Taking forward long-term policy and strategies for tackling flood risk and coastal erosion

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from Defra; BEIS; the Cabinet Office; Department for Transport; Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government and the Welsh Government.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Paul Sayers

Partner, Sayers and Partners, and Senior Fellow, Tyndall Climate Centre, University of East Anglia

Emma Howard Boyd

Chair, Environment Agency

Dermot Kehoe

Communications and Transition Director, Flood Re


Councillor Simon Pickering

Chair, Environment Committee, Stroud District Council

Keith Davis

Director, Defra value for money, National Audit Office

Stuart Roberts

Deputy President, NFU

Richard Coutts

Partner, Baca Housing

Innes Thomson

Chief Executive, Association of Drainage Authorities

Paul Cobbing

Chief Executive, National Flood Forum

Fay Bull

Regional Director - Water, AECOM

Dr Tim Fox

Chair, Process Industries Division, IMechE

Jo Harrison

Director, Environment, Planning and Innovation, United Utilities