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Professor Anusha Shah, ICE President has dedicated her presidential year to the theme of building connections for a nature and people positive world.
She is challenging civil engineers to think carefully about the way infrastructure interacts with nature, so it is restorative and regenerative for the natural environment, rather than extractive.
In alignment with the President’s theme, the ICE Bristol City Club and CIWEM have teamed up to host a lunchtime webinar on the topic of nature-based solutions (NbS).
During the talk, two experts in the field of nature-based solutions will draw on examples from the region to explore the principles and advantages of working with nature.
Toby Harding, WSP, will be providing an overview of NbS, the key benefits and how NbS can be applied in civil engineering work.
Simon Hunter, Bristol Avon Rivers Trust, will be sharing real life case studies to show how these concepts can be applied in practice.
nature-based solutions lead
Toby has spent over three decades in the water industry, covering all aspects of design, construction, commissioning and operation with contractors, more recently moving into consultancy. Working with most of the UK water companies on infrastructure and non-infrastructure projects and programmes, he has formed a deep engagement with water sector strategy and continues to develop his interest in the delivery of environment-enhancing solutions to the many challenges that society faces. Toby chairs WSP’s Nature-based Solutions Working Group and is keen to embed nature-based solutions as the default approach to all water industry challenges.
Bristol Avon Rivers Trust (BART)
chief executive officer
Simon has a strong passion for nature, especially for the blue within our landscape. Through his career to date, Simon has obtained extensive experience in a variety of disciplines, including river restoration, habitat restoration, fluvial geomorphology and bioengineering. Over recent years he has overseen the concept to delivery of nature-based solutions with multi-functional benefits such as slowing localised flooding, improving water quality, and biodiversity. Simon works collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders to deliver multi-benefit projects throughout the Bristol Avon river catchment.
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