Flooding: National problem, local solutions? 11 March 2017, Cumbria

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On Saturday 11 March 2017, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)’s 21st Century Challenges team and North West region will hold a discussion in Cumbria focusing on how communities are building resilience in the face of increased flood risk and whether Cumbria’s experience can help develop a flood plan for the whole of the UK. Saturday 11 March 2.30pm – 6.00pm (Discussion

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Social and demographic change in the UK: Thursday 16 March 2017

Social and demographic change in the UK Thursday 16 March 2017: 5.30pm – 9.00pm Topic to be confirmed. More information will appear here when available. Tickets £10, RGS-IBG members £7. Explore past events in the 21st Century Challenges Policy Forum series. Image credit: Mass Constitutional. Rob, Flickr.

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How to achieve ‘sustainable flood risk management’ in the UK: fundamental change

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A fundamental change is required to the way in which we view flood management and flood defence in the UK: this was one of the take-home messages from the latest 21st Century Challenges Policy Forum, held at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) on Tuesday 8 November. Professor Colin Thorne, a member of the panel for the evening, drawing on

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Outputs from ‘Achieving Sustainable Flood Risk Management in the UK’ now available

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On Tuesday, 8 November, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) held the latest in our series of 21st Century Challenges Policy Forum discussion meetings, on ‘Achieving Sustainable Flood Risk Management in the UK‘. An audience of 100 professionals from a range of different sectors, from business and industry to academia, central and local government to Non-Governmental Organisations, convened at the

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‘Be aware, prepare and take practical actions’: dealing with risks from flooding

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A new guide produced by the Know Your Flood Risk campaign and co-authored by one of the speakers at the RGS-IBG’s forthcoming Policy Forum on flood risk management, encourages home owners to do more to protect themselves and their properties from flooding. The ‘Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience‘ aims to ’empower people to be aware, prepare and take practical precautions

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‘Radical alternative’ proposed to tackle UK flood risk

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The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Parliamentary Select Committee has today (2 November) released a report into flood risk management in the UK that the committee’s chair, Neil Parish MP, describes as ‘radical’ in its proposals. Setting out their view that the current systems of flood risk management (FRM) in this country are unfit for purpose, the Committee call for

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Keeping Floods at Bay: Property Level Protection

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Cookers at eye-level, water-resistant floor tiles, waterproof brickwork and water pumps: these are all measures that householders and businesses can install to protect their premises from the worst effects of flooding, and to allow them to continue their lives as normal after a flood event. Yet it is not yet standard practice in flood-affected areas to install such ‘Property Level Resilience’

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