As Europe has experienced one of the wettest winters on record, flooding has become a key issue for communities, politicians and industry professionals.

The Floodcom initiative is a European-funded project involving five partners across four European countries: from the UK, Essex County Council and Chelmsford City Council; from Belgium, Waterweegen en Zeekanaal NV, in Antwerp; from France IIW, in St Omer; and in the Netherlands, the City of Breda.

On Wednesday 24 September 2014, the project will be hosting a one-day conference where it will share best practice on flood alleviation. The event will take place in Antwerp, Belgium andtopics covered will include climate change, the social impact of flooding, and responses to flooding.

Those that are interested in attending are invited to register by clicking on the following link Conference.

Confirmed keynote speakers for the event include:

Tom Maris – Researcher, University of Antwerp,

Nicolas Bauduceau -Technical and Scientific Director, European Centre for Flood Risk Prevention (CEPRI)

Rosanna Briggs - Deputy County Emergency Planning Officer, Essex County Council

Mary Dhonau - Community Engagement Officer, MDA Community Flood Consultants

Gianluca Ferreri– Project Officer, INTERREG IVA 2 Seas

In addition, delegates will be able to join interactive and informative afternoon workshops which will address key learning points and give practical advice gained from the Floodcom innovative flood alleviation projects.

Floodcom has been working on providing innovative flood alleviation schemes as part of a three-year European INTERREG IV 2Mers Seas Zeeën project involving the five partners. The project promotes positive water management in lowland areas facing climate change by building innovative flood alleviation schemes and updating central water monitoring systems and also includes the production and implementation of an education pack for use in schools.