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Steve Rose will present an introduction to Natural Flood Management (NFM) within a catchment context, together with its potential contribution to the flood risk management toolbox using examples from a wide range of NFM studies from across the UK. This will be followed by a roundup of the available guidance publications on NFM and a description of the major Environment Agency Science Project tasked with exploring and analysing the collective evidence about NFM effectiveness and performance, which is due for publication in autumn 2017.
The second half of the presentation will discuss a range of techniques and methods by which we can map potential NFM opportunities across catchments, and then model their predicted flood attenuation benefits both locally and downstream. The value of these mapping and modelling products to stakeholder engagement activities, particularly through Catchment Partnerships, will be discussed in relation to helping to influence long term sustainable catchment management change and secure funding streams for new NFM initiatives.
Technical Director, JBA Consulting
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Organised by the Humber Civils Network. Refreshments from 18.00.
Steve has over 25 years' experience of applied environmental research and consultancy into the impact of catchment management activities on surface water and floodplain resources, surface water pollution and wetland restoration. He was a key worker on the Defra 2004 and 2008 national research projects which examined how rural land use and land management influence runoff generation, flooding dynamics and flood risk.
Steve has led the JBA contribution to the on-going Defra/Environment Agency funded Holnicote Multi-Objective Flood Management Demonstration Project in Somerset since 2009. He led the consortium delivery team that developed the Natural Flood Management (NFM) Handbook for SEPA, and is currently leading the consortium that is developing the national evidence base on Working with Natural Processes/NFM for the Environment Agency. Steve, together with JBA colleagues, is actively delivering a wide range of NFM projects for numerous partnerships across the UK.