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I was invited to present at a very interesting meeting recently in Whitehall at RUSI – the Royal United Services Institute to discuss about how services have responded to the current flood situation and how flood risk might be handled in the future.

RUSI look at risk and conflict throughout the globe and have for years been advising on flood risk as a major environmental risk within the UK.

The meeting was well attended by flood risk experts, emergency planners, the MoD, representatives of the insurance industry, academics and senior Civil Servants. The conversation was wide ranging and very thought provoking trying to look beyond the current headlines to how professions and organisations could work more effectively together to deliver appropriate flood risk management in the current economic climate.

RUSI will be taking these comments and formulating their own policy advice for consideration by their clients and hopefully by government agencies.

Stuart Ryder – Director