iCASP works with academics at University of Leeds to shape new NFM Manual

New guidance to drive the implementation of natural flood management (NFM) has just been published by CIRIA working with Mott MacDonald. The manual will provide a road map for nature based solutions project setting out the key stages of delivery from initiating a scheme and understanding the interests of local people to selecting, designing and … Read more

MPs urged to take more action against INNS

Research shows that the threat from invasive non-native species (INNS) is growing and causing a huge impact on  biodiversity, increasing the risk of flooding and costing the UK billions of pounds each year. Biosecurity measures can be adopted to prevent the introduction and spread of INNS. INNS, or invasive alien species, are those that are … Read more

Positive feedback on our flood engagement sessions

We are delighted to be getting really positive feedback on our flood engagement exercises and bookings from national, regional and local teams.

Our first face-to-face exercise was held with incident management staff who work with Leeds City Council.

This is what Carl Fisher and Ian Hope took away from the day – we captured their thoughts on video

Some of the other positive comments we have receieved are:-

“The scenarios really encouraged me to remember to think about flood events from different perspectives.”

“Really enjoyed the session and how engaging it was. Definitely worth it! I thought the discussions around it were great and the facilitating was done really well.”

“I learnt a lot about the most effective communication and how challenging it can be to get right. I think there are a lot of takeaways for the incident team to put into practice that we possibly haven’t come across or thought as deeply about before. It will definitely help to start those conversations and I’d encourage anyone involved in incidents to participate.”

“I will take away the importance of tailoring engagement to the target demographic but also considering people in the minority/margins, using a consistent, clear approach.”

“The facilitators created a great, inclusive environment. The number of participants was good (not too small or large) and the realistic but fictitious scenario made it easy to relate to, while allowing you to think differently and consider a range of factors.”

The exercise is part of a project we are delivering working with partners to improve communications about flood risk using engagement tools.

Our aim is to support Risk Management Authorities to engage more effectively with their communities, increasing resilience to flood risk and the impact of climate change.

We are delivering the free sessions for groups of flood wardens, teams who work in incident management, community groups and anyone interested in communicating better during flood events.

Bookings have now been extended until the summer and can be made online , so do get in touch if you have a group that would like to take part. It’s fun, interactive and opens your eyes to new challenges.

Post graduates help kickstart Flood Innovation Programme with a roadmap

Mariam Zaqout Zora Van Leeuwen Two post graduate researchers from water@leeds, Mariam Zaqout and Zora Van Leeuwen, are helping to shape the future direction of an innovative project to reduce the impact of flooding and climate change in West Yorkshire with the development of an action plan. They have joined the Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions … Read more

‘Unusual suspects’ urged to join flagship programme to reduce flood risk across the region

If you work in health, finance, transport, planning, water resource management or the third sector we would like you to work with us to drive forward a new innovative programme to reduce the impact of flooding and climate change across West Yorkshire. We are hosting two workshops and would like to involve partners from a … Read more

Spread the word – New flood incident engagement exercise

We’ve been working with our partners across the region to launch our exciting new flood incident engagement exercise  to help Risk Management Authorities, (RMAs) and the wider community improve how they communicate during flood events. This is part of our  Communicating Flood Risk project which aims to improve engagement, address challenges surrounding community resilience and promote … Read more

Assessing options for Natural flood Management in the Moss Brook catchment 

  A successful workshop exploring opportunities for natural flood management (NFM) in the Moss Brook catchment was held in Eckington, southeast of Sheffield, as a joint venture between iCASP and the Don Catchment Rivers Trust (DCRT)   This was the first workshop, organised in late October, as part of our Upper Rother Project, which focuses on three sub-catchments in the Upper Rother Catchment. The project aims to create a directory of NFM evidence which will help the DCRT to target areas that … Read more

Free course to help businesses enter the growing property flood resilience market

Businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region are being offered FREE places on an online course aimed at helping them to benefit from the opportunities available in the growing property flood resilience sector. It is being run by the Flood Innovation Centre at the University of Hull starting on 7 December for five weeks on … Read more

What do you know about Property Flood Resilience – Have we made a difference?

People who live and work in Yorkshire and Chesterfield are being asked to take part in a survey to find out their views on property flood resilience (PFR). We are carrying out the survey as part of the evaluation of the Yorkshire Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Pathfinder – one of three national projects commissioned by … Read more