Join us at the River Restoration Centre network conference 2020

We’re excited to be taking part in the River Restoration Centre’s 21st annual network conference this week between 9 and 10 September.

For the first time this conference will be taking place entirely on-line with live presentations, interactive workshops and virtual networking sessions. This year we’re proud to be supporting the event through sponsorship and participation.

What are we doing?  DAY 1:

JBA’s Rachelle Ngai and Steve Rose are presenting with Sophie Vanicat, Environment Agency, on the first day of the conference in Workshop  D: The Application of Natural Flood Management (NFM) modelling.

Their presentation will look at how the Environment Agency (EA) have been advancing their understanding of modelling working with natural processes, or natural flood management (NFM) measures in catchments, through shared learning between EA staff and key stakeholders. They will present about four catchments in Yorkshire (Backstone Beck, Gargrave, Helmsley, Whiston Brook) which, through site visits and workshops, have been examined to demystify the NFM modelling, disseminate modelling results and encourage stakeholder feedback. This project has reinforced the value of active stakeholder engagement to develop NFM initiatives.

DAY 2:

JBA’s Jenny Broomby and Steve Rose are presenting on the second day of the conference in session 4: Community Engagement.

Their presentation will look at research findings into Natural Flood Management (NFM) barriers in rural catchments. NFM often involves installing measures on privately owned land and working across a wide variety of stakeholders to generate realistic solutions which offer multiple benefits. This complex process has exposed various barriers which can prevent NFM from being adopted more widely. Jenny and Steve will discuss findings from their research into the barriers as well as the enablers to the delivery of NFM measures.

Want to know more?

We hope to meet you ‘virtually’ at the conference this week.

Abstracts from the conference programme can be read here.

For more information about working with natural processes and natural flood management, email Steve Maslen, Head of Environment, You can also find out more on our Environmental Services web pages – especially our Catchment and River Restoration page.



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