Saturday, 19 August 2017
Community action across the Irwell catchment
A networking day for flood action groups
Recent flooding across Greater Manchester and the North West has raised many questions about contemporary flood risk management, not least from communities subjected to the consequences of floods.
Increased urbanisation, aging utility infrastructures, the threat of climate change, and the need to facilitate economic growth have all been blamed for driving exposure to flooding. But as many parts of the country embark on ambitious plans to develop land for homes and employment, and we brace ourselves for the potentially severe impacts of climate change, our local communities are asking one question above all others: What are we doing to deal with flood risk across the Irwell Catchment?
The event draws together community and flood action groups to discuss flood risk management in their areas and how action can be co-ordinated across the Irwell catchment. Speakers will include flood group members and key policy makers and first responders with a view to sharing best practice and to discuss community strategies to deal with future flood risk.
Location: Manchester Metropolitan University, Business School, Manchester, M15 6BH