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13 Oct 2020 - 14 Apr 2021

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8-10 December 2020

Telford International Centre, UK

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Hear from industry experts in our Flood and Coast 2020 video series created in partnership with ASN Media


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Meet our panel of speakers for the first digital session: Creating climate resilient places

Creating Climate Resilient Places will feature short presentations by our host and speakers, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A. Topics covered during the 2 hour session include the impact of the UK's new FCERM Policy Statement and the EA's National FCERM Strategy, nature-based solutions and climate resilience, keeping communities at the heart of our approaches and how land use planning can adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

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Hugh Ellis, host and moderator of the first digital session: Creating climate resilient places

We are extremely pleased to announce Town and Country Planning Association Policy Director Hugh Ellis as our esteemed host for the first digital session, Creating climate resilient places, taking place on 13 October.

Hugh’s responsibilities at the TCPA include leading on policy development, and briefings and engagement with central governments and politicians. In 2018 he led the secretariat for the Raynsford Review setting out a blue print for a new planning system in England.

Since 2015 Hugh has co-authored three books, including ‘Rebuilding Britain’ and ‘Town Planning in Crisis’ with Kate Henderson, and ‘The Art of Building a Garden City’ with Katy Lock and Kate Henderson for RIBA. The was closely involved in the passage of the 2004 and 2008 Planning Acts, including providing evidence to public bill committees and working closely with parliamentarians on both Commons and Lords committee stages of subsequent planning legislation.
Hugh has given oral evidence to the House of Commons Select Committees on various planning inquiries. He has led on TCPA campaign work on planning out poverty and planning for people, and he is a strong critic of policies such as Permitted Development. Hugh sits on the UK Government Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Planning Sounding Board.

Hugh regularly delivers workshops to local authorities for the TCPA including with Oxfordshire County Council on place-shaping, in Warrington as part of the North West Improvement and Efficiency Partnership climate change skills programme, in Wales on climate change adaptation, and with the TCPA New Communities Group on issues such as strategic planning. Hugh has also delivered a number of local training sessions and local conversations on the invitation of Elected Members on planning committees, such as in Derbyshire, Oxfordshire and Sheffield. He is also the MC for the TCPA’s music event ‘Land of Promise’.

Prior to joining TCPA in March 2009, Hugh had been the national planning advisor to Friends of the Earth England, Wales and Northern Ireland since 2000. After spending a number of years working for the Coalfield Planning Cooperative on community planning projects. He has a Doctorate in Land Use Planning from the University of Sheffield, and he is an Honorary Professor at Queens University, Belfast.




Flood and Coast 2020 announce new online video series with ASN Media

Flood and Coast and the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) are pleased to announce a brand-new video series being produced by ASN Media in support of the Flood and Coast Digital Series.

ASN Media are already hard at work producing a news style programme in partnership with CIWEM titled ‘Adapting for Tomorrow's Environment’, due to launch in December 2020 (more information here). Additionally, ASN Media will produce a series of short videos focused around the themes for Flood and Coast 2020 that will be filmed using remote techniques and presented by a reporter from a studio. It will capture some of the key talking points of the conference and explore the biggest challenges facing the FCERM sector in preparation for COP26.

With contributions from Flood and Coast speakers and sponsor organisations, the series will provide a vital snapshot of some of the pressing issues the FCERM sector faces, whilst offering insight into available solutions and innovative approaches.

The series will launch on October 13th 2020, the first of four Flood and Coast 2020 digital series and will be hosted on the Flood and Coast website, promoted through social media and communicated via e-mail with the entire Flood and Coast community, including attendees, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors.

Terry Fuller from CIWEM (who produce Flood and Coast) said: ‘We know how important it is to bring our community together this year to focus on the climate emergency, this additional video series will play an important role in carrying many of the key messages from Flood and Coast 2020 to a broader audience’.

Max Smith from ASN Media said: ‘Online communications now play an invaluable role for all organisations, but especially those working on solutions to the climate and ecological emergency. We’re delighted to work with Flood and Coast to capture and share these important stories with the FCERM community’.

If you’re interested in contributing towards this series please contact Max Smith, Director at ASN Media at

For media enquiries, contact Jane Boland at





CIWEM partners with ASN Media to present ‘Adapting for Tomorrow's Environment’

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) has partnered with ASN Media to produce a news and current affairs programme about the role of water and environmental management professionals in developing solutions to the climate and ecological emergency.

Presented by Tom Heap (BBC News, Countryfile, Panorama), the programme will feature interviews and special reports from across the water and environmental management sector that take a multidisciplinary approach to climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience.

“CIWEM is centrally placed as a multidisciplinary knowledge hub to facilitate many of the solutions to the climate and ecological emergency. As the importance of delivering together increases, so does the need to share successes. This exciting partnership with ASN Media enables CIWEM to ensure these stories reach broarder audiences,” said Terry Fuller, Chief Executive of CIWEM.

With governments around the world declaring climate emergencies, CIWEM is clear that bodies at all levels of society must factor adaptation and resilience into their management and development programmes. CIWEM recognises the necessity for environmental professionals and decision makers to develop greater trust with the communities that bear the brunt of the crisis humankind faces from global overheating, extreme weather events and wildlife loss.

‘Adapting for Tomorrow's Environment’ will highlight the work of leaders and organisations advancing the latest initiatives in climate adaptation whilst maintaining the application of scientific rigour and impartiality. The programme will promote professionalism and technical leadership whilst raising awareness and inspiring the next generation of environmental professionals.

Max Smith, Director, ASN Media said, “As our planet faces unprecedented challenges, there’s never been a more important time to broadcast the important work underway to support a sustainable future. We’re excited to engage with CIWEM and professionals throughout the water and environmental management sector to tell those stories.”

‘Adapting for Tomorrow's Environment’ will launch in December during the Flood and Coast 2020 webinar series (a CIWEM event produced in partnership with the Environment Agency). It will then be promoted through an extensive digital marketing and communications campaign to the wider environmental sector, including CIWEM members and partners, government, industry and academia.

Organisations interested in contributing should contact Max Smith of ASN Media at

For media enquiries, contact Jane Boland at




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