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National Flood Forum Annual Conference

Community Flood Risk Management : Improving effectiveness and efficiency On 13th March, Shaun Maskrey and Glyn Everett visited London to attend the National Flood Forum’s 2014 Annual Conference, entitled Community Flood Risk Management : Improving effectiveness and efficiency. This was a very interesting day, which began with talks from Dan Rogerson MP, Minister for Environment, Food …

Clean Water for All workshop Newcastle March 2014

This blog discusses an exciting new initiative between the Blue-Green Cities team and colleagues from the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded Portland-Vancouver ULTRA (Urban Long-term Research Area) project (or PVU). Blog post by Emily Lawson. The Clean Water for All (CWFA) project began in January 2014 with an aim to build long-term, collaborative partnerships with American …

Planning for climate change in Nottingham – the potential role of Blue-Green infrastructure

On Friday 21st February, I (Emily Lawson, University of Nottingham) attended a workshop hosted by the Green Alliance Climate Leadership Programme with Lilian Greenwood MP. The workshop title was ’Planning for climate change in Nottingham’, which resulted in some excellent discussions on strategies for managing future extreme events, e.g. flooding and drought, and the importance of …

A Blue-Green Approach to Flood Risk Management in Asia’s Mega-deltas?

Can we adapt the Blue-Green approach for flood risk management and make it a suitable alternative to traditional hard engineering for addressing some of the flooding issues in Asia’s urban mega-deltas?  After hearing about the severe flooding that affected Ningbo (and surrounding areas in Zhejiang), China, in mid-October 2013, I have been reading up on some …

Nick Mount talks drainage in São Paulo, Brazil (audio blog)

Presenting the first Blue-Green Cities audio blog! Emily Lawson and Nick Mount (School of Geography, University of Nottingham) discuss the current drainage structure in São Paulo, Brazil, and potential for future implementation measures to reduce the flood risk and transform the character of the city while delivering multiple benefits to the region. Go to audio blog. …

My Research… Sangaralingam Ahilan

This first blog post by Sangaralingam Ahilan from the University of Leeds will give some insight into his academic background, his role in the Blue-Green Cities Research Project and what he has been working on recently. Ahilan has a civil engineering background and was awarded his primary degree from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, …

WIT conference on ‘Sustainable Cities’ Malaysia 2013

Blog post by Glyn Everett, Centre for Floods, Communities and Resilience, University of the West of England (CFCR UWE). I work on WP2c of the Blue-Green Cities (BGC) project, looking to develop evidence-based rules of individual and institutional behaviour in response to flooding and different flood risk management strategies, that we can feed into an …

EEAC conference on ‘Managing ecosystems for people, nature and economy’, Bangor Oct 2013

Overview This conference was part of a series of network events delivered by the European Environment Sustainable Development Advisory Council (EEAC) with government representatives from 16 European countries. Each year the council supports a conference on a specific topic deemed high priority. This year the aim was to identify and understand better the evaluation tools …

Decision Making under Uncertainty workshop, Washington DC; a report by Lan Hoang

In November 2013, Lan Hoang, Cambridge University Centre for Sustainable Development, attended and gave a talk at the Decision Making under Uncertainty workshop, organised by the World Bank. This workshop aimed to build a community of practice and involved various experts to characterise and identify methodologies on decision making under uncertainty. During the first day …

Decision Making Under Uncertainty; the LWEC approach

Decision-making under uncertainty; reporting back from LWEC Uncertainty conference (Emily Lawson). Several of the Blue-Green Cities team attended the Living With Environmental (LWEC) annual conference ‘Decision-making in the twilight of uncertainty’ on the 19th November in Birmingham. The conference aimed to “demonstrate different approaches to addressing uncertainty around decision-making and how we can make better use …