Absorbing Insights for Climate Adaptation

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SPONGE2020 Conference

Absorbing Insights for Climate Adaptation.

Join us on 20 September 2018 for the launch of the SPONGE2020 toolbox, a new digital resource for sustainable water management.

This key international event on climate adaptation will focus mainly on the launch of a cross-border toolbox for effective stakeholder engagement and our experience with community participation and co-designing of climate adaptation solutions.

About the event

The conference will bring together experts from local authorities, academics, property and water management professionals from across Europe, to share best practice in mobilising communities to support the implementation of urban and rural water management systems. Connecting stakeholders from across the public and private sector, the SPONGE2020 conference and toolbox will showcase sustainable water management solutions that lead to efficient resource management, community empowerment, healthier and attractive spaces and increased biodiversity, whilst also being resilient to the worst effects of climate change.

Networking and lunch

Refreshments and a locally sourced, sustainable lunch will be served. There will be opportunities for networking throughout the day.

Site visit (optional)

The conference will be followed by a site visit to Basildon University Hospital at 4pm, to view the sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDS), retrofitted at the hospital to slow down rain water entering the conventional drainage system. These include rain gardens, which were installed as a result of collaboration between the hospital infrastructure maintenance team, local charity and community groups, patients, hospital staff and public consultation.

A free shuttle bus will transport guests to the site visit and back to the Wat Tyler Centre afterwards.

What to do next

We welcome those with an interest in water management, stakeholder engagement, community liaison, sustainable development, or urban design. Attendance is free but please book your place by clicking the ‘Register Now’ button.

What is SPONGE2020?

SPONGE2020 is an EU funded project that brings together organisations from across Europe to tackle the water-related effects of climate change. Climate change is likely to bring increased risk of surface water flooding, which will need to be managed on a local and community level. Essex County Council and Southend-On-Sea Borough Council are organising this conference as delivery partners for SPONGE2020, an ERDF Interreg 2 Seas Programme running from 2016 to 2020.

Terms & Conditions

This event is being organised by Essex County Council, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, Muon Events (a sustainable events agency) and the SPONGE2020 partners.

Please be advised that photography and filming may be carried out at the event for use on the SPONGE2020 and Muon Events websites, marketing materials, and other publications. By attending this event, you consent to Essex County Council, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council, the SPONGE2020 partners and Muon Events photographing, filming, and using your image and likeness.



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Thursday September 20 2018
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM BST

Green Centre, Wat Tyler Country Park
Pitsea Mount, Pitsea, Basildon
Essex SS16 4UH
United Kingdom