White paper: A future flood resilient built environment

Centre for resilience Director Dr Stephen Garvin launched his white paper ‘A Future Flood Resilient Built Environment’ at the first international conference on resilience www.resilience14.com. The paper calls on Government to adopt a new approach for tackling flooding which is a risk to over 5 million homes in the UK alone.

The paper aims to stimulate a debate around the best approaches to flooding risk management where along with the strengthening of defences we make space for water and adapt our infrastructure for the inevitability of flooding.

Climate change may have significant implications for the built environment, with impacts likely on buildings, energy, transport, ICT and water infrastructure. Analysis from the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) indicates that the built environment will be affected by extreme weather events. Impacts will arise due to increased temperatures and changing rainfall patterns. Flooding is one of the highest order risks for the built environment and is expected to be more frequent throughout the 21st Century. Flood risk will increase not only due to climate change, but perhaps more importantly increasing urbanisation.

This White Paper has been prepared as a means to engage various stakeholders in a debate on flood resilience in the United Kingdom. The aim of the White Paper is to encourage successful approaches that address existing and future developments in the built environment. Resilient solutions can be developed through research and innovation, but there is a need to address policy and practice in order for such solutions to be implemented.

Click here to download the paper.


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