Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
If you’d like to speak to us over the phone about any booking-related queries, please call one of the following numbers: +44 (0)7951044809 / +044 (0)7503591880 / +44 (0)7538736244

Flood and coastal erosion risk management in England - infrastructure resilience and land use, insurance, and next steps for policy


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

This conference focuses on next steps for flooding and coastal erosion risk management policy in England and adapting to the increased risks associated with climate change.

Policymakers and stakeholders will examine the way the Government is approaching flooding policy as part of its commitment to adapt to the increased risks associated with climate change.

Areas for discussion include:

The discussion in detail: 

  • Implementation of the FCERM strategy, assessing:
    • its impact on increasing flood resilience and reducing the risk of coastal erosion,
    • the approach to flood and coastal resilience, and
    • priorities for the Environment Agency in adapting to the increased risks associated with climate change and population growth.
  • Community engagement - and what more can be done to encourage communities to take steps to increase their flood resilience;
  • Industrial infrastructure resilience - next steps needed to adapt to the increased risk of flood and coastal erosion, including industrial infrastructure vulnerable to sea level rise;
  • Protecting farmland, houses, and businesses:
    • immediate priorities and longer-term action,
    • balancing competing priorities, and
    • strategies for the construction of new sustainable developments to help reduce flood risk;
  • Asset management - areas for improvement, including use of mobile technologies and analytics to identify flood defence assets at risk of failure or requiring emergency repair;
  • Innovation in resilience and recovery - including natural flood management with the Environment Secretary calling for the use of ‘nature’s power’ alongside traditional engineered defences;
  • Flood Re - following its five-yearly review, including:
    • supporting more UK properties to be made resilient before flooding occurs,
    • the feasibility of encouraging insurers to adopt a ‘build back better’ approach to homes after a flood event, and
    • the future scope and role of the Flood Re scheme.

Developments that are relevant to the discussion: 

It takes place with:

The agenda:

  • Implementing the National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England;
  • Future-proofing critical infrastructure - the National Infrastructure Commission’s Resilience Study;
  • Delivering the FCERM strategy for England - flood resilience infrastructure, land use, natural flood management, and community engagement;
  • Update on Flood Re - encouraging a ‘build back better’ approach, supporting resilience measures, and next steps following the five yearly (Quinquennial) review;
    • Planning sustainable developments and implementing strategic flood risk assessments;
    • Case study: future-proofing new housing developments;
    • Developing farmland flood resistance - protecting, restoring, and accounting for farm valuation;
    • Protecting coastal industrial infrastructure - increasing awareness of sea level rise and the engineering challenges, and updating design codes; and
  • Next steps for flooding policy - adapting to climate change, funding arrangements, and protecting communities.

Policy officials attending

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. 

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from MHCLG; Defra; the Environment Agency; the Committee on Climate Change; the Department for Transport; the House of Commons Library; the National Audit Office; the Office for National Statistics; the Office of Rail and RoadOfwatThe Coal Authority; the UK Space Agency; The Scottish 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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates