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Climate Change: Building the Age of Resilience

Barry Gardiner MP delivers keynote address at CIWEM’s one day conference on the 23rd October 2014 focusing on the social and economic case for developing climate resilient systems and infrastructure.

Delegates gathered at SOAS, University of London to hear from a range of national experts on how resilience to climate change can be implemented. The event highlighted the need to integrate the future effects of climate change into infrastructure, economies and institutional frameworks now to ensure a more sustaibale future for governments, businesses and infrastructure operators.

Sessions were split between a discussion of the challenges presented by climate change, the importance of climate resillence and how to implement the age of climate resillience. Case studies were presented by Network Rail and Yorkshire Water, some of the leading infrastructure operators who must meet the challenges of climate change now and in the future.

Geoff Darch from Atkins and Chair of the CIWEM Climate Change Network said:

“Recent weather events and the continuation of climate change impacts into the future mean that we need to become a lot more resilient.  This conference brings together leaders from politics, academia, Government, industry and NGOs to discuss how to move to an age of resilience.  The event is practically focussed looking at decision making under uncertainty, communications, making the business case, social justice and case studies of resilience measures already being adopted.”.

Barry Gardiner, MP said:

“This Government has ripped up the consensus on Labour’s climate change act and abandoned their responsibility to protect the most vulnerable from increasing flood risk. The next Labour Government will deliver a new national adaptation programme and reinstate flood protection as a core priority for the whole of Government.”.

The event is sponsored by Mouchel, Mott MacDonald, Ricardo AEA and supported by The Institute of Asset Management. Outputs will be avaliable on the CIWEM website soon: http://www.ciwem.org/events/events-home.aspx.

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