Updates from our Members

Dear Colleagues,

We've been asked to circulate some notifications within the network including:

  • A request for case studies and data on 'Working with Natural Processes' from Lydia Burgess Gamble of the Eanvironment Agency
  • An event on 'Managing the Water Cycle more Effectively' from Paul Quin, Newcastle University
  • An event launching  new tools for SMEs in flood risk areas from Prof Lindsay McEwan, UWE


You can find out more information on each of these news items below.

Working with Natural Processes - A Request from Lydia Burgess-Gamble

I am managing a suite of projects which will develop a high quality Working with Natural Processes (WWNP) evidence base to help flood and coastal erosion risk management authorities, justify, develop  and implement schemes which WWNP to reduce flood risk.

WWNP includes measures such as:

  • Runoff management measures – e.g. Flow interception and leaky dams; Ponds & runoff attenuation; Grip blocking; and Land /soil management
  • River and floodplain measures - e.g. River & floodplain reconnection; Wetland restoration/creation; In-channel measures to force water on to floodplain; and River restoration
  • Woodland measures - e.g. Woodlands in wider catchment & as flow interception; Riparian and floodplain woodland; and Woody material
  • Coastal measures – e.g. management realignment, sand dune and salt marsh restoration, beach recharge and sand scaping

This project will draw together a robust and trusted evidence base covering these topics which can be used to support investment decisions to help make the case for WWNP. I attached more information about this project and a summary of past R&D.


I am contacting many different teams across the EA and a range of external partners to ask if you have any of the following:

  1. Existing case studies - Do you have any existing examples you’d like to share where we or others have WWNP to reduce flood risk and provide over environmental benefits?
  2. New projects  - Do you have new WWNP projects that you are currently developing?
  3. Business cases - Do you have examples of successful and unsuccessful business cases where we or others have tried to make a case for a WWNP projects (for FDGiA, Local Levy or other). PARs or worked examples using the Partnership Funding calculator would be appreciated.
  4. Literature - Any seminal pieces of literature you think we must refer to?

If your answer is yes to any or all of the above please can you reply to this e-mail, giving me some brief details about the location of the case study and the types of measures they cover. I will then get my consultants to contact you for more information. If you have business case or literature please you’d like to share please upload here Please can you get back to me by 23rd May 2016.

Please note I have e-mailed several hundred people, so I do apologise if I don’t respond to any questions you ask me immediately. If you are not interested in this work area, please let me know and I will delete you from my comms list.

Many Thanks for all your help


Email Lydia using this link or using this address WWNP@environment-agency.gov.uk

Managing the Water Cycle more Effectively

Tuesday 3 May 2016, 2.00 – 4.00pm Attlee Suite, Portcullis House

The latest research on water suggests that global water demand will increase by 55% by 2050’s and the world could suffer a 40% shortfall in 15 years unless dramatic changes are made in water use and managing water resources. Freshwaters are also one of the planet’s most imperilled ecosystems, with fauna extinction occurring at 4% per decade. In the UK, 1 in 6 properties are at flood risk. UK climate predictions are for a 5 fold increase in rainfall intensity (>30 mm hr) this century and longer periods of drought. Some of the most challenging societal questions of the next two decades will concern water and well-being.

This joint All Party Parliamentary Water Group and POST session will examine how evidence is used in catchment management, how decisions are made and how interventions could be undertaken more effectively with the community.

To attend please register via Eventbrite, email postevents@parliament.uk or telephone 020 7219 8377 by Friday 29th April.

Please let us know anything we can do to make this event accessible.

Launch of two new tools for SMEs in flood risk areas

Launch of two new tools for SMEs in flood risk areas – two outputs from EPSRC SESAME project

On 16th and 23rd May 2016, researchers from four universities will be reporting their research on small businesses and flood risk to multi-stakeholder audiences. They will also be presenting two new tools for businesses in flood risk areas that will soon be available (for no charge):

  • Guidance on how small businesses can best respond to floods
  • An interactive, multimedia, internet-based tool for businesses who wish to learn how to prepare for the next flood.
  • At these free participatory events, we will also be asking the participants for their views on the suitability of the tools, how they should be used and what other research is needed.
  • For the event in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire register by 4th May 2016 using this link: SESAME project workshop registration
  • For the event in Sheffield, use the link SESAME Dissemenation Workshop - Sheffield University Management School

Further information about the research project can be found at sesame.uk.com

Best wishes, the SESAME team

Graham Coates (University of Durham)

Tim Harries (Kingston Business School)

Lindsey McEwen (University of the West of England, Bristol)

Martina McGuiness (University of Sheffield)