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

April 2022 – Site Visit Brownlee Centre, reconnecting event at Weetwood Hall

After two years of meeting online, this event provided members with an opportunity to come together to reconnect and network on NFM activities after the pandemic, and to look forward and shape future activities of the group. It was split into two sessions Session 1 – Site visit to see NFM installations at the Brownlee … 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.

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

Press Release: Leeds environmental science researchers take part in WaterLANDS – New European Green Deal project launched to restore European wetlands

18 October 2021 An ambitious project has been launched to tackle largescale restoration of Europe’s wetlands, with €23 million of funding from the EU Horizon 2020 Programme Green Deal. WaterLANDS (Water-based solutions for carbon storage, people and wilderness) will restore wetland sites across Europe which have been decimated by human activity and lay the foundations … Read more

Press Release – How much do you know about how to protect your property from flooding?

14 October 2021 People who live and work in Yorkshire are being asked about how much they know about making their property flood resilient as part of a national project. Yorkshire Flood Resilience is one of three Pathfinder Projects in the country that have been funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural … 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