Full Panel Confirmed for Flooding Policy Forum on 8 November


The panel for the next in the series of 21st Century Challenges: Policy Forum events is now complete. ‘Achieving Sustainable Flood-Risk Management in the UK‘ will take place at the Society on Tuesday 8th November, chaired by BBC Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin.

The panellists are:

  • Martin Rogers, Flood Management and Access Adviser, National Farmers’ Union
  • Carly Rose, Associate Consultant, Mary Dhonau Associates
  • David Sear, Professor in Physical Geography, University of Southampton
  • Colin Thorne, Chair of Physical Geography, University of Nottingham
  • Sarah Whatmore, Professor of Environment and Public Policy, University of Oxford

Hazel Durant, Head of Water and Flood Integration at the UK Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will respond to the panellists’ contributions, reflecting on the UK Government’s strategy for flood-risk management in the long-term, before participating in the question and answer session with the audience.

The panel will consider the core question: How can the UK move towards a comprehensive strategy for sustainable flood-risk management for the next 25 years? They will provide their recommendations for how flood risk can be managed effectively in both urban and rural environments; how communities and individuals can build resilience to flooding and, importantly, the insights that a geographical perspective -with an emphasis on space and place – can bring to flood-risk management.

The Society will also be launching a summary report of policy recommendations following an expert flooding round-table held in May 2016.

This event is for all professionals with an interest in flooding and is aimed at knowledge exchange between sectors. This will be facilitated by a networking reception, with a complimentary drink provided.

There is a small fee to attend the event, to cover the RGS-IBG’s administrative costs, as a charity.

Find out more and register. 

Image: Flooding. University of Salford Press Office. Flickr.


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