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Flood Resilience Seminar: Lessons from The Netherlands (FREE EVENT)

Tuesday 15th Feb 2011 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Spring Street Conference Centre
Level 2, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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The Centre for Water Sensitive Cities in conjunction with Clearwater present the first Special Speakers Seminar. 

Extreme flooding events in Europe over the past 20 years have changed approaches to flood risk management and introduced concepts such as 'resilience’ and ‘living with floods’.  The Netherlands has been exploring the nexus of climate change, increased value of investment and population growth to reform their flood risk management policy.

This presentation will analyze the Dutch response to these flood events and will explore lessons to be learned from these experiences.  The keynote lecture will be given by Prof Chris Zevenbergen who leads the internationally renowned Flood Resilience Group from the Netherlands, followed by a panel of international experts.

Inclusions: Networking drinks and finger food post presentation.
RSVP: Friday 11th February

Keynote Speaker: Prof Chris Zevenbergen is currently director of the Business Development branch of the Dura Vermeer Group NV and professor at the Water Engineering Department of UNESCO-IHE and at TuDelft, The Netherlands.

Prof Zevenbergen worked as a researcher on various environmental issues related to the building industry, such as environmental impact assessments, product development, emission modelling, testing procedures, building codes and guidelines in the 1980s followed by 20 years of research and consultancy in environmental engineering and water management of urban systems. 

About the Flood Resilience Group
The Flood Resilience Group is a joint initiative of UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

Why is the Flood Resilience Group coming to Melbourne?
Since early 2010, members of the FRG have been collaborating formally with the Centre for Water Sensitive Cities at Monash University. During this collaboration, both groups have recognized that they are like-minded multi-disciplinary research groups strongly driven by practice. Therefore, both groups plan intensive future collaboration so that they can learn from each other and create synergy in combining their respective specialties. During this visit to Australia, the Flood Resilience Group aims to learn more about concepts such as water sensitive urban design, dealing with heat and drought stress and urban water governance. Meanwhile, the group will exchange its expertise in flood risk management and resilience to climate change.