Flood & Coast Digital Series | Session 1

Creating climate resilient places | Tuesday, 13th October 2020, 09:30 – 11:30 (BST)

This session will showcase both the government’s new Flood policy statement and the Environment Agency’s FCERM Strategy, setting out the ambitions over the coming decades. You will hear about the vital role nature based solutions will play in this, as well as how communities will be at the heart of the new approach as we face more extreme weather.

The session will also consider the role of land use planning, which is so instrumental in shaping the places we live and work. You will hear how the planning system can and should be help create more resilience communities through the tools and levers at its disposal, and how these may need to change in coming years.


This session will feature short overviews by the host and each speaker, followed by a panel discussion chaired by the host. Following this the panel will take questions from the audience to enable extensive consideration of the issues of most importance to delegates.

  • • Hugh Ellis | Town and Country Planning Association: Host and moderator
  • • Speaker to be confirmed: Putting Communities at the heart of Climate Resilient places
  • • Karen Thomas | Head of coastal management, Coastal Partnership East: The impact of coastal change on communities and how to adapt
  • • Rebecca Pow MP | Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Defra: FCERM policy statement: Government’s priorities for managing flooding and coastal change in the face of climate change
  • • James Bevan | Chief Executive, Environment Agency: FCERM Strategy: A new direction for a resilient nation
  • • Tony Juniper | Chair, Natural England: Nature-based solutions and their role in creating climate resilient places


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