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Annual Conference 2023


Our 2023 Conference was held as a hybrid event at the Royal Cornwall Showground on Friday 3rd November. 

The overriding theme for the conference focused on Natural Flood Management and Working with Natural Processes (Nature Based Solutions), of which we were delighted to offer speakers from a wide range of organisations. The first session focused on the impacts of land management on flooding, wherein we heard presentations from the Environment Agency, Riviera Produce, Tresemple Farm, Duchy College and Westcountry Rivers Trust. The second session marked the launch of the Making Space for Sand project, which CCFF is a partner in. We were delighted to offer speakers from Making Space for Sand, South West Coastal Monitoring, Friends of Bar Beach and Bude Climate Partnership presenting on how coastal flooding and sea-level rise may affect coastal communities in the future.

A full set of speaker presentation slides can be found below and downloaded. 

The in-person participants also took part in afternoon workshops. They chose to hear from Devon Community Resilience Forum on how they support communities to become more resilient to flood risk, to discuss the importance of our sand dunes and the problems facing them with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, or hear about the Resilient Catchment Communities project run by Duchy College and Westcountry Rivers Trust.

For the first time, CCFF invited school children to our 2022 conference to participate in workshops. Based on positive feedback from all attendees including the schools, we decided to invite two classes from a local school again this year to take part in workshops. With thanks to Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the University of Exeter, the children participated in a workshop focused upon why Nature-based Solutions are important in combatting the effects of climate change, such as with flood mitigation, improving biodiversity, and other associated benefits for local communities. This encompassed the re-introduction of beavers. With thanks to the Environment Agency, the students also took part in a flood modelling activity based around the area of their school, using pre-made lego houses and ‘flood water’ AKA cold tea! The houses are ‘flooded’ and the students then have to plan what they would save and how, physically moving objects like cars and livestock to higher ground, and then designing flood barriers using materials provided to try to protect the properties.

Welcome and Chair Speech, Gitty Ankers, CCFF.

The Role That Land Management Plays in Reducing Flood Risk – Environment Agency

Implementing Measures to Reduce Runoff Across Our Land – Riviera Produce

How Slowing the Flow of Water on My Farm Increases Biodiversity and Reduces Flood Risk Downstream – Tresemple Farm

Supporting Resilient Communities Through Improved Land Management – Duchy College and Westcountry Rivers Trust

Working Towards Enhancing Coastal Community Resilience Through Making Space for Sand – MS4S

Making Space for Sand; Community Science and Engagement through CoastSnap – South West Coastal Monitoring

Par Time and Tide Bell; a Community Journey – Friends of Par Beach

Community Engagement on Sea Level Rise through the Bude Community Jury on Climate Change – Bude Climate Partnership

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