EA host Natural Flood Management Workshop
Following the success of bids into Defra’s £15m Natural Flood Management (NFM) fund, on Wednesday 1st March, the Environment Agency flood risk team in Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire, hosted an NFM delivery workshop for practitioners to encourage further partnership working and to highlight potential opportunities for Natural Flood Management.
Introduced by Peter Costello, Area Flood Risk Manager at the Environment Agency, the workshop covered NFM challenges and linked to Natural Course with a talk delivered by Natural Course Project Manager, Claire Zaidi.
The workshop built on the Catchment Based Approach and provided updates about the current ‘Slow the Flow’ project in the North West. There was also an opportunity to learn from experiences of NFM in other regions, with presentations delivered by West Midlands Environment Agency colleagues who spoke about their experiences in Stroud.
Evidence, existing partnerships and future delivery were also discussed with the delivery parties who included catchment hosts, academics, United Utilities and the National Trust.