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18-20 June 2019

Telford International Centre, UK

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Karen Thomas

Partnership and strategy manager, Water Management Aliiance Speaking On: Day 2 (21st March)
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The Alde and the Ore estuary - a community led approach for rural seawalls.

This paper aims to highlight the work of the Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership (AOEP) in Suffolk. Set up in 2012, it has been working closely with statutory and non-statutory organisations and local community representatives. Given the rural nature of this part of Suffolk, the availability of central government funding for flood defence improvements is limited as people and property are sparsely distributed. There are numerous estuary users and interests, 1600 homes and 5000 hectares of land in the floodplain. The AOEP have set out an estuary management approach to create resilient over-toppable defences that can resist a 1 in 200 year flood event. Their plan estimates £10-12M of funding is needed with almost 80% coming from non-government sources including taking forward Enabling Development and use of a £3M Public Works Loan through the local Internal Drainage Board (IDB). The paper sets out the approach that they have taken, using grass-roots communications, existing funding mechanisms and greater involvement of the IDB to deliver the work. It is hoped this paper can demonstrate how rural communities can take local ownership of their estuary management, with FCERM partner support, and deliver environmental, economic and social outcomes with less reliance on central government funding.


Norfolk & Suffolk De-maining Pilot - a partnership approach - Day 2

This paper aims to highlight the local approaches taken to the national Defra de-maining pilot and the key learning outcomes from a local perspective.  Norfolk and Suffolk are one of 5 pilot areas within the Rationalising the Main River Network (RMRN) project investigating the passing of river maintenance, operational activities and regulatory powers from the EA to IDBs, Lead Local Flood Authorities (LLFAs) or District Councils where there is mutual agreement, a locally generated appetite, and benefit to do so.  If successful, the pilots will lead to the permanent passing of these activities to the IDBs/LLFA’s concerned.  We are exploring how maintenance can be delivered where watercourses span IDB drainage districts and LLFA boundaries, potentially with Public Service Cooperation agreements.  EA, LLFA and IDB officers are working together to produce a joint Communications and Engagement Plan to share information about the project, involve local people and councillors and highlight key messages.  The paper will highlight areas challenges and opportunities raised by the pilot study and show how local partnership working can facilitate the change.  We will highlight the tools and techniques we have used locally to facilitate the de-mainment process and help inform the pilot process and future de-mainment projects.

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