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Since the turn of the 21st century severe flooding has hit many regions of the UK, leaving thousands of properties flooded, causing extensive damage to agricultural land, and costing millions of pounds in insurance. Predicted changes in weather patterns threaten to make such events more frequent and even more devastating both at home and overseas.
The UK's ability to protect against and respond to flooding events needs to bring together key players from many sectors to ensure a coordinated and joined-up approach. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the built environment: the very fabric of our towns and cities may have to change in order to meet future challenges. Understanding how flood events impact on the built environment and sharing best practice that has developed in response is vital to future planning.
For this reason, RUSI has joined together with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), the Landscape Institute and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) in the Inter Institutional Flood Risk Management Group to promote flood management and flood resilience across all sectors of the built environment.
In the presence of HRH The Duke of Gloucester, RUSI will launch a series of public lectures exploring flood risk and the built environment. The inaugural lecture was given by Robert Runcie, Director of Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency.
The lecture discussed the medium and long-term strategy for managing flood risk and enhancing flood resilience in the United Kingdom and will address the implementation of the recommendations made by The Pitt Review. This formal presentation was followed by a panel discussion in which members of the Inter Institutional Flood Risk Management Group posed questions to Mr Runcie, following which the discussion will be opened up to the wider audience.
Listen to the lecture: