November 2015

Chris Sherrington to Speak at Urban Flood Resilience Event

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Dr Chris Sherrington, Principal Consultant at Eunomia, will be speaking at the European Green Capital Urban Flood Resilience Forum in Bristol on November 11th.

Chris will be taking part in a Question Time style debate on flooding and urban resilience, chaired by Professor David Balmforth, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He will be talking about the wider benefits associated with nature-based solutions to flood risk management. These benefits include improved air quality, a reduced urban heat island effect, better mental and physical health, and enhanced biodiversity. Chris will also be considering who ultimately benefits from the “ecosystem services” provided by such “green infrastructure”, how we can place value on these services, and who should pay.

Chris has led a number of recent projects for Eunomia on green infrastructure and ecosystem services, including;

  • The development, with Avon Wildlife Trust Consultancy, of a “proof of concept” Excel-based ecosystem service evaluation tool for Natural England, to allow local authority officers and Natural England staff to quickly, and cost effectively, estimate the ecosystem services provision associated with a specific type of green infrastructure;
  • A pilot Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) research project for Defra, working with Avon Wildlife Consultancy, Bristol Water, Wessex Water, and TLT Solicitors. The project, focused on a catchment to the south of Bristol, identified the potential to reduce costs to key stakeholders through changes to land management, in order to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and reduce flood risk. A key innovative feature of the research is the development of an approach to creating a multi-beneficiary contributory PES fund; and
  • A study for UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) on the wider benefits associated with Sustainable Drainage (SuDs) and innovative approached to delivery that seek to both maximise the provision of these benefits, and draw in additional funding.

Other panel members include Mark Franklin (Environment Agency Project Executive for the State of the Nation NaFRA update), Mark Taylor (Divisional Director of Mott MacDonald), Patrick Goodey (Flood Risk Manager at Bristol City Council), Krista Keating (Flood Risk Consultant at JBA) and Richard James (Flood Risk Consultant at AECOM). Further event details can be found here.