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CECAN Webinar: Developing Systems Approaches in the Water Sector

Online, 21 Sep 2021, 1pm
Brendan Bromwich

Tuesday 21st September 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 BST

Presenter: Brendan Bromwich, Principal Engineer, Asset Management and Investment Planning, Mott MacDonald

Webinar Overview:

There is a consistent appeal for a systems approach to be applied to water and environmental problems in new and emerging policy in England and Wales. Mott MacDonald and CECAN have a fruitful collaboration developing practical responses to this appeal. Systemic approaches that bridge engineering systems, such as infrastructure, with social-ecological systems, such as catchments or landscapes, create particular challenges for systems management. These challenges can be addressed by recognising and accommodating different implicit assumptions around risk, system boundaries, control and optimisation of systems that different organisations may hold. The webinar will review the application of Participatory Systems Mapping and Plural Rationality in practical system challenges in water and environment. We will draw on project experience including Water Resources South East’s Regional Resilience Plan and Defra’s Systems Analysis for Water Resources. We will conclude by looking at emerging challenges in the water sector including nested operation of catchment, regional and national water resource management systems.

Presenter Biography:

Brendan Bromwich is principal engineer with Mott MacDonald’s Asset Management and Investment Planning group. His work bridges infrastructure, environment and social dimensions of water and environmental problems with a focus on management and governance arrangements for systems. Currently, he mainly works on resilience in the water sector, investment appraisal and regional planning. Previously, he led the UN’s response to the environmental dimension of the Darfur crisis, developing an interdisciplinary approach to environmental peacebuilding and reconstruction, which he subsequently analysed as a PhD thesis. He is co-editor of the Oxford handbook of food water and society and co-author of the Hydraulic design of side weirs and author of a number of publications relating to social aspects of environmental change.

How to Join:

This talk will take place via a Zoom Webinar (registration now closed).

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. In case you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be uploaded to our website following the event.

Link to Webinar Recording:

If you were unable to join the webinar, you can watch the session via our YouTube channel below. We are also pleased to be able to share a PDF version of the PowerPoint slides, please click here to view.

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