The Eden Rivers Trust, working in partnership with the ALFA Project, is hosting a two-day event for individuals and organisations interested in practical catchment management and flood risk
May 30th 2014
This two-day event is being held at the Conference Centre at Newton Rigg College, Penrith, Cumbria on the 11th and 12th of June. The focus of the event is catchment-based approaches to flood risk management, with a programme of presentations and discussions planned for the first day, and workshops and site visits planned for the second.
The first day’s programme features a range of presentations from the ALFA Project (Adaptive Land use for Flood Alleviation), rivers and wetlands trusts, catchment management groups, the Environment Agency and other organisations, and will draw together the latest experiences from work across the UK and in Europe. The topics will include:
- ‘A European Perspective of Adaptation and Water-Friendly Land Management throughout the Catchment’ – Working with and restoring natural river processes and catchments to reduce flood risk
- ‘Communities Taking Action’ – Examples of how different communities, both rural and urban, are actively working together to increase their resilience to flooding
- ‘The Science and Policy of Flood Risk Management’ – Insights into the current and future direction of national policy approaches to flood risk both in the UK and abroad
- ‘Integrated Approaches to Catchment-Based Solutions for Flood Risk Management’ – The sharing of experiences from projects that are already taking a catchment-based approach to managing flood risk
The second day is devoted to the more practical aspects of delivering river restoration and best practice soil management. A morning of workshops will include an interactive workshop that will enable participants to find out more about best practice soil management in a catchment context. Most of the workshop will be out in the fields learning how to spot potential soil problems and assess soil health. Members of the Eden Rivers Trust will be on hand to talk about their work with farmers in improving soil management throughout the Eden catchment, such as the use of GPS technology and soil aeration. An afternoon of site visits will include a visit to the River Leith near Penrith to see an example of river restoration work in progress. Part of the River Eden Restoration Project, the project involves excavating the river’s original channel in order to reverse historic straightening and widening and reinstate the river’s more natural state, with a more natural gradient and a greater diversity of flows and habitat.
For further information on the event, including details of how to book, see the Rivers Trust website at “The Rivers Trust – Spring Conference 2014”.