NFM conference

The future of Natural Flood Management in the Thames Catchment

A one-day conference covering perspectives on research, delivery, and funding opportunities. For Local authorities, NFM researchers and practitioners, landowners, and community representatives.

Session 1: Welcome, introduction and key note speech

Listen to an introduction to the conference from the Chair of the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee Robert Van de Noort. In addition, Julie Foley Director of Flood Risk Strategy & National Adaptation (EA) and Sanjay Johal from the National Flood Forum provide information on mainstreaming NFM and the impact and importance of engaging communities with NFM respectively.

Session 2: Multiple benefits of NFM

This evidence-based session presents current research and practical work on the hydraulic, biodiversity and community benefits of NFM. Presented by Matt Taylor and Olly vanBiervliet from WWT, Pedro Martin-Moreta from Brunel University and Stephanie Bond from iCASP.

Session 3: NFM delivery case studies

This session focuses on practical case studies of NFM delivery from a variety of perspectives including a Local Authority, Wildlife Trust and Community Group. Learn more about the successes and challenges of delivering in a range of environmental landscapes.

Session 4: Future NFM opportunities in the Thames catchment

The final session of the day looks ahead to upcoming NFM opportunities including the WwNP evidence directory update and work JBA consulting are doing to improve the quantification of NFM benefits. It also focuses on the Thames RFCC’s NFM programme including NFM opportunity mapping and upcoming funding opportunities.