Environment event showcases water and nature

An event to showcase the work taking place across the North East to improve the environment and protect people and property takes place tomorrow. Hosted by the Environment Agency, in partnership with Naturvation and the Newcastle Learning and Action Alliance, more than 30 stalls will demonstrate how they are working with partner organisations to create a better place for people and wildlife.

Following the work that our Newcastle environment team completed with South Tyneside Council on the River Don, the JBA Trust will be showcasing their Augmented Reality Sandbox with support from Dorian Latham, Technical Director, and others from our Newcastle office. The demonstration will focus on Natural Flood Management using similar scenarios to that used in the recent Rivers Trust training event.

“The community brings local knowledge and expertise about where they live and are vital to embedding long-term improvements and maintaining the health of the fantastic river systems we have here in the North East” commented Rob Carr, organiser of the event from the Environment Agency in the North East.

He further added, “There’s already some great partnership working taking place to improve the environment and this event will showcase what we are doing together to develop and enhance our water environment, while also protecting people and the environment. I’d encourage people to come along to find out more.”

JBA Consulting staff will have the opportunity at this event to learn how to set-up and operate the sand box model for future demonstration events, enabling them to assist the JBA Trust and share their expertise further in the future. Visit the JBA Trust’s website to find out more about other models they have.

Catchment based approach

The free event takes place at the Great North Museum: Hancock on Wednesday 14 March from 1.30pm to 4pm and is open to everyone including partners, businesses and the general public. It will look at flood risk management to ecology and biodiversity, and reducing the impact of minewater to tackling invasive species as well as many other topics centred on the health of our environment, including rivers, estuaries, coast and groundwater.

Focusing on the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) which looks at a river system in its entirety, the event encourages the whole community to work together to improve our precious water environments and adapt to climate change, while also looking to add other benefits such as health, recreation, social and economic improvements.

Partners including Tyne Rivers Trust, Northumbrian Water, Natural History Society, Newcastle City Council and The Water Hub will be in attendance to display latest information about their projects.

The event is a great opportunity for other organisations and businesses to find out how they can get involved in working more closely together.

Want to know more?

Email Alex Scott for more information on the JBA Trust, their physical models and if you’d like them to attend an event near you. You can also find out more on our natural flood management web page.

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