The latest research on water suggests that global water demand will increase by 55% by 2050's and as a result the world could suffer a 40% shortfall in 15 years unless we dramatically change the way in which we use water and manage water resources (UNESCO, 2015). Freshwaters are also one of the planet’s most imperilled ecosystems, with fauna extinction occurring at 4% per decade and only 17% of UK Rivers being in good ecological health. In the UK, 1 in 6 properties are at flood risk; another sign of unhealthy catchments where runoff rates are left unchecked.
Climate change will compound water quality, water stress and flooding. UK climate predictions are for a 5 fold increase in rainfall intensity (>30 mm hr) this century and an extenuation of drought periods. In the future, water will directly impact well-being of individuals, communities and business. Some of the most challenging societal questions of the next two decades will concern water and well-being; such as how to ensure fair protection from water risks (flooding, drought and pollution) and how to maintain equitable water supplies globally and locally; and, how can we use natural assets to reduce inequalities in health and well-being. This joint All Party Parliamentary Water Group and POST session explored the practices of integrated catchment management, examined how evidence is used, how decisions are made and how interventions could be undertaken effectively with the community.
A summary of the presentations and discussion at the event is available here ( PDF 339 KB).
14:00 pm Neil Parish MP, Chair of the EFRA Committee
14:05 Speaker Presentations
- Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director, Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience, Durham University – Prevailing water risks ( PDF 814 KB)
- Dr Paul Quinn, Civil Engineering and Geoscience, Newcastle University – Natural Flood Management ( PDF 5.4 MB)
- Dr Mark Wilkinson, Research Scientist, The James Hutton Institute – Intercepting overland flows ( PDF 2.18 MB)
- Dr David Brown, Environment Agency, Senior Advisor in Flood Risk Management and Michael Norbury, Liverpool University – Making natural flood management work ( PDF 2.03 MB)
- Minni Jain, Director, The Flow Partnership - Holding water in the landscape ( PDF 2.62 MB).
- Paul Nolan OBE, Director, Mersey Forest and Prof David Shaw, Liverpool University - Making the transition from theory to practice ( PDF 1.28 MB)~15.05 pm Discussion
15:30 pm Chair’s closing remarks
15.35 -16.00 pm Refreshments
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