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The National Flood Management Manual Launch Webinar

May 2022 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The natural flood management manual (C802) covers the delivery of NFM from problem identification through conception, funding, design, construction, inspection, maintenance, adaptive management to end-of-life considerations. It is primarily concerned with the ‘where?’ and ‘how?’ of NFM delivery, rather than ‘why?’ It aims to provide confidence in NFM delivery and ensure the best outcomes, recognising that innovation in this area is constantly emerging.

The manual is intended for use in the UK and is tailored to the geographical settings and conditions of the country, although it draws on advice and case studies from elsewhere and could be of assistance for overseas projects.

The manual covers NFM measures to reduce the risk of flooding from surface water and rivers. It does not include coastal NFM to reduce the risk of tidal or coastal flooding, guidance for which is available elsewhere.

Detailed technical advice is given on four key measures which are considered challenging to deliver and with less detailed information already available. Other measures are covered in one-page summaries with signposts to other guidance.

This webinar will introduce the manual and provide an overview of its aim, scope and content.

Click here to view the full programme with session outlines.

14:00 Welcome and introduction
Martin Janes, Managing Director, RRC

14:05 The importance of working with nature right now
Denise Bower, Group Executive Board Member, Climate and Sustainability,
Mott MacDonald

14:15 Overview of The natural flood management manual
Lead Author: Emma Wren, Technical Principal – Nature Based Solutions
Mott MacDonald

Importance of The natural flood management manual

14:35 The user’s perspective
David Johnson, Technical Director, The Rivers Trust

14:55 Break

15:05 The regulator’s perspective (i)
Phil Foxley, Programme Manager, Flood and Coastal Risk Management
Directorate, Environment Agency

15:15 The regulator’s perspective (ii)
Heather Forbes, Senior Policy Officer, National Flooding Partnerships,
Scottish Environment Protection Agency

15:30 The asset owner’s perspective

15:45 Interactive discussion and Q&A

16:00 Closing remarks

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