This discussion forum followed the ‘How can we learn to live with floods?’ conference, where a panel discussed the issues raised throughout the day. This event was free and open to the general public.
In the winter of 2015/16, the UK reported the highest 24-hour and 48-hour rainfalls ever recorded. This resulted in catastrophic flooding in the Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway and Aberdeenshire. At many locations, river flows significantly exceeded previous maxima. Insured losses for the UK reported by the Association of British Insurers in mid-January 2016 were estimated at £1.3 billion. This meeting explored the science underpinning flood risk management and the actions being undertaken by local authorities, SEPA and other public bodies to better manage flood risk and reduce the impact of floods.
The conference earlier in the day involved a series of talks by leading UK experts on how best to manage flood risk and how this might be enhanced in Scotland.
The evening programme and list of panel members is available with the Conference Programme
The discussion forum was followed by a drinks reception.