NFM: Community of Practice

The Community of Practice (CoP) Group was set up by iCASP to bring together people working on different natural flood management projects across Yorkshire. The meetings provide a forum for networking, learning and disseminating best practice: they are designed to build regional capacity amongst NFM practitioners through sharing knowledge and discussing challenges and opportunities.

CoP meetings are quarterly and by invitation only. If you would like to attend a meeting, please email with ‘NFM Community of Practice invitations’ in the heading.

The meetings enable participants to undertake informal continuing professional development (CPD). Many of the meetings take place on sites where NFM interventions have been installed to allow a tour guided by those who have designed and installed the NFM measures.


Can Communities of Practice trigger a shift in environmental management from working against nature to working with nature – A paper summary by Phoebe King, PhD researcher at the University of East Anglia

King, P., Martin-Ortega, J., Armstrong, J., Ferré, M. and Bark, R.H., 2023. Mainstreaming nature-based solutions: What role do Communities of Practice play in delivering a paradigm shift?Environmental Science & Policy144, pp.53-63.

Over summer 2020 the value of the NFM CoP has been analysed by an MSc student from University of Leeds. Find out more about the findings.