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THE ROYAL GEOGRAPHICAL SOCIETY DISCUSSION AND BUFFET – FLOODING: NATIONAL PROBLEM, LOCAL SOLUTIONS?
11th March 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 6:00 pm£7 – £15
According to the Met Office, heavy rainfall events have become more frequent in the UK in the last 50 years. The devastating floods of winter 2015 will become the new normal.
Policy-makers and institutions are currently in the midst of considering their responses and responsibilities in light of the publication of the Government’s National Flood Resilience Review. In the meantime, and in the face of increasing flood risk, communities across the UK are coming together to build resilience. Do local knowledge and practices hold the key to finding solutions to living with the risk of flooding? How can communities and agencies best work together to combat future flood risk? Taking Cumbria as a focal point, the Royal Geographical Society (with the IBG) will explore these issues during a public panel discussion held as part of the 21st Century Challenges series with the help of the North West Committee. Cumbria has suffered flooding repeatedly over the last decade, meaning Cumbrians have had to regroup, rebuild and develop new strategies to protect themselves. Following 2015’s Storm Desmond, the Cumbrian Floods Partnership was set up to bring together all those involved in and affected by flooding, and to identify additional flood protection measures required for the region. After a year in operation,it is timely to reflect on the work being done and consider whether there are insights for the rest of the UK.
Are there local solutions to this national problem?
Tickets: RGS-IBG members and students £12.50; non-members £15, includes buffet meal. Lecture only £7. Please book in advance via Rheged.com. 5 complimentary tickets per school (advance booking only, first come, first served) are available for RGS-IBG schools members.
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