Scotland’s Flood Risk Management Conference 2021 – FRM and green recovery 

The main theme of this year’s conference was Flood risk management and green recovery. COVID19 and lockdown have highlighted structural faults and inequalities within our society and considerable effort is now underway by government and other actors to tackle these underlying issues by means of a green recovery and ‘building back better’. The pandemic has illustrated how interconnected modern society is and that Scotland’s national resilience is shaped by the most vulnerable in society. The 2020s look set to be defined by the rebuilding of global society in the wake of the pandemic and given the climate emergency, we must act on climate change in the same period. Policymakers around the world are using their rebuilding efforts to tackle both problems at once.  

2020 was an unprecedented year during which there were paradigm shifts and disruptive change across society and the global economy. The FRM community was keen for the conference to consider the positive outcomes arising from these shifts and the desire for social change engendered by the pandemic.  

Conference videos

Underneath the overarching theme of FRM and green recovery, content was organised into sub-themes over five days, allowing delegates to dip in and out of the event depending on their interests.

Click here to watch all conference presentations on our Vimeo channel.

Alternatively you can browse through the presentations by day themes: 

See full conference programme here.

After a difficult year of working in isolation there was a real desire amongst the FRM community that the conference should continue (despite all of mainland Scotland being in a second national lockdown) to provide a safe opportunity for practitioners and other stakeholders to come together to share knowledge and to inspire each other. For many of us, lockdown has shrunk our horizons to what we can see from our windows, so it was wonderful to reconvene as a community and learn from each other about the progress being made in tackling flood risk, increasing resilience and adapting to climate change 

2021 was a big change for Scotland’s Flood Risk Management Conference: this was the first year in the conference’s 16-year history that it was held online. While we missed the opportunity to network in person, the move to a digital event offered considerable opportunities, notably amongst this was that a record-breaking number of delegates were able to attend this year. Another benefit was the ability to record the conference’s content and host it online afterwards so that all members of the FRM community can view the material at a time that suits them.  

We hope you enjoy watching the conference material online, and look forward to being able to meet up in person again soon.

Title image credit: Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash