Making Space for Water 2 Launch

A launch event for the Making Space for Water (phase 2) project was held at the University of Manchester on 7th September 2012

Making Space for Water

Representatives from Natural England, the Environment Agency, Penny Anderson Associates and Universities of Manchester and Durham presented talks and photographs illustrating the vital need for moorland restoration on Kinder Scout and the Dark Peak generally.

The talks also underlined the urgent requirement and growing appreciation for scientific evidence underpinning the success of restoration in reducing flood risk and intensity, as well as providing a wide range of additional benefits for wildlife and people.

The presentations not only demonstrated the growing awareness of the relevance of this type of restoration for its contribution to flood risk management, but also the multiple further benefits afforded to a much wider range of interests. The blend of practical application and solid scientific research was also particularly pleasing and paves the way for a growing evidence-based rationale for restoration.

Summaries of the talks

Mark Haslam, Environment Agency - Background to the project

Richard Pollitt, Natural England - Current conservation status of blanket bog on Kinder Plateau and the wider area

Matt Buckler Moors for the Future Partnership - Restoration activities on Kinder Plateau and the wider area

Peter Worrall , Penny Anderson Associates Ltd - An ecosystem service assessment of the financial benefits of moorland/blanket bog restoration.

Jonathan Walker, Moors for the Future Partnership - Introduction to Making Space for Water 2 and related projects

David Turnbull, Environment Agency - Flood risk and management in the region

Tim Allott, University of Manchester - Hydrological monitoring on Kinder Plateau and the wider area

David Milledge, University of Durham -A model to predict the effects of gully-blocking on flood risk. (Presented by Martin Evans, University of Manchester)

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