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Managed realignment is an approach that involves altering the location of the line of defence against coastal, estuarine or fluvial flooding.
The need for managed realignment is driven by a number of factors, including development, climate change and increasing cost to maintain and replace front line coastal defences. With such pressures on-going, the need for managed realignment continues, but it is becoming harder to locate sites for future projects. So what lessons have we learnt so far?
The event will highlight two managed realignment schemes, drawing out the key learning points for application to future projects:
The future of managed realignment in the UK will also be discussed.
Philip Winn is a Chartered Civil Engineer, and has a Masters degree in Business Administration. He trained and worked initially in New Zealand as a river and coastal engineer. He moved to the UK in the mid 1980s, working firstly with Waveney District Council in Suffolk. He was Chief Engineer for the Council between 1989 and 1994.
Since then he has worked with the Environment Agency, initially as a project manager, and mostly on Humber work. As Humber Strategy Manager, he is responsible for the general oversight of the Agency’s flood risk management work on the estuary, and he leads on the implementation of the Flood Risk Management Strategy. Philip is a Director of the Humber Nature Partnership.
Jacqui Bandy is a CIPR Accredited PR Practitioner working in Public Relations and Marketing for Mackley, a member of the Van Oord Group. Founded in 1926, Mackley specialise in delivering civil engineering projects in the Coastal, Fluvial, Water, Ports, Energy and Infrastructure sectors for Central and Local Government, Utilities Companies and Private Clients.
She has been with the firm for 11 years and regularly speaks at conferences, community and business events on behalf of the company and their clients. Jacqui was an integral part of construction team for the Environment Agency’s award winning Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme, working within the project communications group as Public Liaison Officer.
Dr Duncan Huggett (MCIWEM) worked for the RSPB for 14 years, to start with on their Estuaries Campaign before developing and promoting policy on Integrated Coastal Zone Management. This led to work on a range of coastal related policy areas including inshore fisheries, flood and coastal risk management, ports development and coastal integrated transport systems. He specialised in designated site safeguard law and was heavily involved in reform of the Wildlife & Countryside Act in 2000, the Government Review of Marine Nature Conservation and the OSPAR Convention.
In 2004, he moved to work in flood and coastal risk management in the Environment Agency, specialising on environmental outcomes and benefits. At the same time, he joined the Board of Trustees at the Marine Conservation Society. In addition, he has a front line flood incident management role as a monitoring and forecasting duty officer.