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Nature-based solutions to flood management problems event and IUCN NCUK AGM
By SuperUser Account 03 Jun 2014
30th May 2014 saw the latest meeting hosted by the IUCN National Committee for the UK.
 
Delegates at the 'Nature-based solutions to flood management problems' event and IUCN NCUK AGM (Credit: Chris Mahon)  

Convening a flood management community of interest from government agencies, academia and the private and NGO sectors, the meeting presented a range of speakers on this topical issue, beginning with an international perspective and an explanation of the overarching 'ecosystem approach', followed by numerous case studies of practical experience. There were questions from the audience raised for every speaker with suggestions for what might be required for greater adoption of a nature-based approach. Evidence of good practice and results from continuous monitoring are still required but the data is mounting for the case to be made. This case is not just environmental - crucially the data needs to include economic and social evidence as these appear to be the most influential criteria in political decision-making from recent UK flood events.
 
The 2014 AGM took place on the same day and this was chaired by NCUK Chair Stuart Brooks, with a review of 2014 given by CEO Chris Mahon, with a brief look ahead to the next few years. There were no new elections to the Executive Committee and the accounts were presented with no issues raised. The minutes of the AGM will be made available on this website in due course.
 
The whole event was hosted by IUCN Members WWF at their new facility in Woking, Surrey. This great flagship for sustainable building has offices for over 200 staff, a fine meeting room and activities for schools and the visiting public.