Environment Agency Theatre

The Environment Agency Theatre

Wednesday 12th September

Thursday 13th September



Alex Cutler

Preparing for climate change in flood and coastal risk management

Flooding and coastal change risks to communities, business and infrastructure is identified as one of the top 6 priority climate risks for the UK. The presentation will summarise the key climate impacts and challenges to flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM). In the context of national policy and the Environment Agency’s corporate approach to adaptation, the presentation will highlight the Environment Agency’s approach to ensure FCERM is climate resilient.



Mike Steel

Long-term investment scenarios

An outline of the Environment Agency’s long-term investment scenarios for flood and coastal risk management. The scenarios draw on new work to describe a wide range of futures based on climate change and development, the outcomes from different levels of investment in flood and coastal risk management, and the economic optimum level of investment. The scenarios continue to provide expert advice to government on potential policy and funding changes.



Jon Hollis

Using partnerships to implement Natural Flood Management solutions for communities

This seminar will set the context of the £15m Defra funded Natural Flood Management programme, and look at the role of partnerships and communities to implement NFM interventions. A case study will focus on the role of community and how together they and the project team have overcome some of the challenges faced like using Government Grant to fund community groups, engagement and maintenance and liability concerns.


High Water Common Ground Screening

High Water Common Ground Screening

Feature Documentary exploring Natural Flood Risk Management, and the communities at the heart of it all.



Paul Burrows

Flood management within the Cambridge-Milton Keynes– Oxford growth corridor

The corridor between Cambridge and Oxford is one of the fastest growing parts of the country with potentially 1 million new homes by 2050, alongside new major road and rail infrastructure. Paul will explore the importance of thinking and acting differently to secure large scale environmental net gain and flood risk reduction through enabling this growth as part of visionary place-making.



Karen Alford

Developing a digital whole life approach to asset management

Under the Governments Construction Strategy the Environment Agency was mandated to deliver Level 2 BIM for procuring and managing asset data on its WEM Framework. The implementation has led to a number of changes and improvements in how asset data and information is managed across the whole asset life cycle. Agency is recognised by Government and other industry members as leading in this emerging discipline.



Alastair Gemmill, Ant Parsons

A Flood Risk and Resilience Skills Roadmap and e-learning solutions

Brunel University London, Environment Agency, HR Wallingford, Ice blue, Jacobs and CIWEM have established the Centre for Flood Risk and Resilience to deliver a pipeline of skilled professionals. The Skills Roadmap and the online short courses will help build a flood resilient society. ‘An Introduction to Flood Risk and Resilience’ is free to take by anyone, anywhere. This talk will explore the challenges and opportunities for the Roadmap and e-learning.



Amy Shaw

The role of agriculture in Flood and Coastal Risk Management

Agriculture is both impacted by and impacts on agriculture and land use change. This session will investigate the role that agriculture can play in flood and coastal risk management and how future changes to agricultural policy may impact on this.