RAB Contributes to Caribbean Climate Conference

Two members of the RAB Resilience Team recently took part in webinar on flood risk management and climate change in the Caribbean. Global climate change is a very real phenomenon, and further impact on counties and communities is inevitable. For the Caribbean it represents one of the largest threats to sustainable development.

The event, organised and hosted by the Centre for Biosecurity at the University of West Indies, bought together some of the leading experts from around the world. Dr Kirk Douglas of the University of the West Indies had personally invited RAB to contribute to the webinar and share experiences from the UK.

Bryan Nelson (Resilience Director) and Sophie Dusting (Senior Resilience Advisor) gave a presentation entitled ‘UK Flood Emergency Response and Good Practice‘.

Bryan and Sophie showcased examples from the UK as well as looking at potential scenarios for the Caribbean too. Key highlights from the presentation included:

  • Summer 2007 floods and the Pitt Review
  • UK legislative and operational environment
  • Multi-agency joint working principles – JESIP
  • Flood Forecasting Centre
  • Flood Guidance Statement
  • Environment Agency flood warning system
  • Emergency Alerts
  • Major incident preparedness
  • Flood asset management
  • Case study: Todd Brook Reservoir, Whaley Bridge incident, 2019
  • Climate change projections and likely impacts in the Caribbean

Some of the key messages from the webinar included:

Further information about RAB resilience, business continuity and emergency planning services can be found our website: www.rabconsultants.co.uk. Or you can contact us directly: enquiries@rabconsultants.co.uk / 0330 223 6475.