How water challenges shape the cities of tomorrow, Birmingham

19 October, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

How water will shape our cities
How water will shape our cities

About this event

As we've seen with the recent flooding in Houston and Bangladesh, many urban areas in the world are vulnerable to floods, droughts and heat stress.

More than 80% of the world's (mega) cities are located in river deltas. The intensive exploitation of land resources close to rivers has progressively reduced them to controlled narrow canals, which often face water quality issues and pose a significant flood risk during extreme events. In addition, these cities are subject to coastal flooding as a result of storm fronts, hurricanes and sometimes tsunamis.

Water challenges in urban areas are found in contamination of water sources, lack of potable water supply, sanitation, solid waste management, storm water floods, reduction of subsidence, environmental impact and diseases.

On top of existing threats and risks, dealing with a changing climate and ongoing urbanization including loss of natural land calls for innovative ideas when planning for water in the development of urban areas.

Nanco's presentation will draw on his experience of working on water resilience projects in major world cities.

This presentation will form the basis of a special 'Cities of the Future' paper to be published by ICE publishing in 2018.

Places are limited due to the venue size. Book early to ensure a chance to meet Nanco in person and debate the issues with him.

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Nanco Dolman

Nanco Dolman

Nanco Dolman is a leading professional Water Resilience in Urban Areas with a MSc in Civil Engineering from Delft University of Technology (1998) and a BLArch in Landscape Architecture from Amsterdam Academy of Architecture (2008). From 2011 to 2016, Nanco was a part-time lecturer of Adaptive Urban Development at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Since 2015, Nanco serves as UN-ISDR Resilient Cities advocate. As one of the Dutch front runners in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Nanco is specialized in bridging water resilient design and engineering in making cities less vulnerable to water extremes, urban heat, degrading environments, and ongoing population growth.

Nanco is involved in adaptation strategies for delta cities, like the 'Bangkok Adaptive City 2045', the 'Rotterdam Adaptation Strategy', the 'Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan' and the 'Comprehensive Urban Water Strategy for Hoboken'. And from August 2017 Nanco is the strategic advisor for Water Authority Vechtstromen, lead party of the EU CATCH project: 'Water sensitive ities; the answer to challenges of extreme weather', Interreg Vb North Sea Region (NSR).