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Working with natural processes – the evidence behind Natural Flood Management, Cardiff

  • Lecture
  • Cardiff
  • 31 January 2018
  • 17:30 - 19:00
Working with natural processes – the evidence behind Natural Flood Management, Cardiff

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Dr Lydia Burgess-Gamble (Environment Agency) will be talking about the evidence behind Natural Flood Management. This event is organised by CIWEM Welsh branch and supported by ICE Wales Cymru. Members and non-members welcome.

There has been much research on Working with Natural Processes (WWNP) to reduce flood risk, but it has never been synthesised into one location, meaning that it has been hard for flood risk managers to access up-to-date information on it and to fully understand its potential benefits.

To address this gap, we have undertaken 3 interlinked projects which make up the WWNP evidence base, these projects were launched in October 2017.

The presentation will give an overview of the project as a whole covering the:

  • Evidence Directory which summarises the effectiveness of WWNP measures from a FCRM perspective as well as their wider ecosystem service benefits. It also includes: a detailed literature review; 65 case study examples; 14 one-page summaries of each measure; and guidance on monitoring
  • Maps which can be used with key partners to help think about the types of measure that may work in a catchment and where to potentially locate them.
  • Research gaps that still need to be addressed to move this form of FCRM into the mainstream.

Cost for the event is FREE and intended for professional/educational purposes. Refreshments will be available (on a first come first served basis). This event is open to non-members.


For more information, please contact:

Tracey Dunford
e: [email protected]


Dr Lydia Burgess-Gamble (Environment Agency)

Lydia started working in the water industry 18 years ago when she undertook a PhD investigating River Restoration project appraisal and monitoring procedures at Queen Mary College, London. She has now been at the Environment Agency for over 15 years in a wide range of Flood Risk Management roles but always with an interest in managing flood risk whilst improving the environment for people and wildlife.

For the last 5 years she has been working in a Flood Risk Research team as a Principal Scientist leading projects on Working with Natural Processes to reduce flood risk. In this role she has developed a Research framework which defines high priority areas of research in this field, and she has also project managed a suite of projects to develop the Evidence Base for Natural Flood Management. She has also worked with NERC to establish the recent Natural Flood Management Research call.

Jeremy Parr (Natural Resources Wales)

Event venue

Cardiff School of Engineering
The Faculty Lecture Theatre
The Parade
Cardiff CF24 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Felicity White

e: [email protected]