FCERM.net Spring Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

As Flood Risk Management continues it's spell in the media spotlight, and our network of Flood Risk Managers, policy makers and researchers continues to grow we ask the question 'What do FRM practitioners need'?  This theme is picked up in our 2016 Annual Assembly, which will be held in Newcastle on June.

Our March highlights March include:

News from the Community

FCERM.net Final Annual Assembly - Save the Date, June 29th

As many of you know the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network is in its final year of funding.  This final Annual Assembly presents an opportunity for us to ensure we deliver a networking and knowlege-exchange event that provides Researchers, Practitioners and Policy-Makers from a variery of fields with a day that is informative, useful and that gives them something valuable in exchange for a day of their time!

We're asking you to put the Wednesday 29th June in your diary, and have a think about what you might present in our session 'Just 2-minutes' -  dedicated to brief but informative exchange of best-practice and knowlege.  We will be in touch shortly will the full programme details and information on how to participate.  In the meatime, save the date!

The Costs and Impacts of the Winter 2014-15 - EA Report and Webinar

The Environment Agency have published a flood cost estimate for the winter 2013/2014 floods. This assessment found that total economic damages for England and Wales were between £1,000 million to £1,500 million, with a best estimate of £1,300 million.

There were significant differences between the 2007 floods and the 2014/14 events, largely relating to the location, duration, type of event (coastal, fluvial, pluvial, groundwater) and the timing.  By comparison, damages from the winter 2013 to 2014 flood event represent around a third of the £3,900 million (uprated to 2014 values) damages from the summer 2007 floods where 38% was incurred by residential property owners and 23% by businesses.

New Centre for National Resilience launched in Scotland

A new National Centre for Resilience was launched in Dumfries, in March by Scottish Environment Minister Aileen McLeod.  The centre will work in collaboration with experts at the Met Office, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency to support national planning for resilience to natural hazards such as floods, landslips and severe weather.

Glorious Mud – homes for nature, protection for people: new RSPB Scotland report

Scotland’s wet, muddy coastal habitats are threatened by sea level rise and the impacts of climate change. We are at risk of losing the homes they provide for wildlife and their flood protection benefits. RSPB Scotland’s Nigg Bay reserve was the site of the Scotland’s first managed realignment project in 2003. It showed the potential for the technique and the results can be seen in this report   alongside a short video.  However, we will need much more planned realignment of the coast in preparation for the impacts of a changing climate.

RSPB Scotland has published a new policy report entitled Glorious Mud – homes for nature, protection for people.

If you would like to discuss the report Jim Densham, Senior Land Use Policy Officer at RSPB Scotland would be delighted to hear from you.

The Summer After the Floods - Report on UK preparedness and resilience

The number of people estimated to be at risk from flooding in the UK is expected to rise significantly over the next two decades.  Current estimates suggest that more than five million people and two million homes and businesses are at risk from flooding. 

The Summer After the Floods explores the factors that enabled or inhibited flood preparedness as events unfolded in the aftermath of the 2013/14 winter floods and examines how businesses and communities recover after flooding and prepare for the threat of future floods.


Flood Risk - What's it Worth? Bristol

Event date: Tuesday, 5th April 2016

Event venue:  Arup Bristol Office 63 St Thomas Street Bristol BS1 6JZ

Event description: The risk of flooding is sadly a factor in many people's lives, particularly in the Somerset Levels, and its frequency and impact appears to be growing. Panel members will discuss the issues below and the discussion will be opened to the audience.

ICE Lecture: Medmerry Managed Realignment

Event date: Thursday, 7th April 2016

Event venue: West Sussex County Council offices County Hall West Street Chichester PO19 1RQ

Event description: The award winning Medmerry scheme has successfully realigned 300 hectares of coastline adjacent to Selsey, West Sussex. Come and hear the full story - from the original concept to cutting the “hole” through the beach to let the sea in.

CIWEM Annual Conference

Event date: Wednesday, 20th April 2016 to Thursday, 21st April 2016

Event venue: Royal Geographical Society, London

Event description: The event will look at the key issues emerging from the summit in Paris and what this means for the water and environment sector.


Blue-Green Cities Project Fact Sheets

As the Blue-Green Cities projects nears an end, the team have been producing Fact Sheets as a means of disseminating the learnng and the outcomes from the project to interested parties.  The fact sheets cover a range of topic areas including:

The Factsheets can be found on the Blue-Green Cities Website

FCERM.net Resources

The Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Network website has been designed to be a searchable archive for FRM project output and information.  The Resources section of our website hosts publications, factsheets, videos from webinars and conferences and presentations slides.  These resources are freely accessibly for download and use, so please do share them with your colleagues.

We hope you found this month's newsletter to be both informative and interesting.  If you have news, events, opportunities or publications you would like to share with us, then please contact Catherine Morgan.


With thanks,

FCERM.net Team