Flood Risk, Resilience and Response in a Changing Climate

Risk, Resilience and Response in a Changing Climate 2020
Flooding and Resilience During a Pandemic
Webinar, 19th August 2020


For many years now there has been a growing realisation in Government and the pulblic, private and third sectors that the built environment is struggling to cope with a world that is changing rapidly with social, technological, environmental, economic and political challenges. In the shadow of Covid-19, the public health issues and restrictions that accompany it and the amount of our limited financial, political and physical resources that it brings to the fore then there is an urgent need to address how the government, its partners and the market can implement policies, systems and solutions to create a resilient built environment for the future by ensuring that any measures taken to prepare for Scotland’s next floods include strengthening the built environment to better resist stress from both short term shocks and long term change, improving capacity to bounce back rapidly from impacts and preparing for any additional impacts and risks that can be caused while dealing with these issues during a highly infectious pandemic.

The consequences of climate change are recognised world-wide and have been highlighted by recent extreme weather and flooding events, putting it high on the political agenda. However, in addition to the complications brought about by Covid-19 there are many other facets to resilience such as population growth, urbanisation, energy security, resource depletion, crime and security, all with complex interdependencies, so the need for a broad, inclusive and well resourced strategy is evident.

Key areas of discussion will include the impact of Covid-19 on  preparation and delivery of flood and climate resistance, access to resources, resilience of physical assets, community resilience and engagement plus the role of government, agencies, academia and industry for resilience of the built environment.

A copy of the agenda for the event follows below and will be updated regularly. If you have any queries regarding the event please contact us via events@impactengagement.co.uk.

10:00 Introduction from the Chair

10:00 Speaker Presentations

  • Current Challenges and Ambitions for the Future – Phil Emonson, Chair, Flood Resilience Professional Working Group, The Emergency Planning Society co-presenting with Shelly Evans, Vice Chair, Flood Resilience Working Group, The Emergency Planning Society 
  • Improving the Flood Resilience of Scotland’s Homes; Challenges and Opportunities – Kirsty MacRae, Property Flood Resilience Group Coordinator, Scottish Flood Forum
  • Enabling Resilient Communities – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS
  • The Role of The Place Standard in Developing Resilient Communities – Shruti Jain, Health Improvement Manager – Health Equity (Place), Public Health Scotland co-presenting with Ruth Wolstenholme, Managing Director, Sniffer
  • Community Engagement and Consultation Case Study – Prof. Branka Dimitrijevic, Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

12:00 Q&A

12:25 Closing remarks from the chair

12:30 Close


We have a limited number of ‘early bird places available for this event for just £30 each and include a recording of the event for future use; simply enter the promotional code EarlyBird (case sensitive) when booking your place(s). Delegate places for this webinar are a limited  and these will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so we do recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

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