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River corridors in the Urban Environment - an emerging vision Posted: 22/11/2010

Happy conference delegates

Over 100 delegates attended an interesting day of talks and discussions at the URSULA conference on 18th November with the theme of 'River corridors in the Urban Environment - Developing a vision for the future'. Despite speakers from a wide range of disciplines, similar perspectives began to emerge as the day progressed:

  • The complexity and interlocking of issues and agencies in urban river corridors
  • The need for a vision for the future work in which agencies and voluntary groups can work
  • How urban rivers sit within a catchment setting and so  need catchment based analysis and delivery
  • Changing hydrographs and increasing impermeable surfaces causing issues for biodiversity and surface water management
  • The problem of 'diffuse pollution' for biodiversity and wider human needs
  • The rise of multiple benefit measures and way that could be expressed more clearly by ecosystem services


You can download pdfs of the presentations given by the day's excellent speakers below:

Bob Harris, University of Sheffield/Defra - Developing a vision for river corridors of the future

Martin Janes, River Restoration Centre - Urban river restoration

Paula Vandergert, CABE - Urban rivers -planning and regeneration

Jon Sadler, University of Birmingham - Urban rivers and ecology

David Lerner, University of Sheffield/Defra - Diffuse urban pollution

Mark Turner, Formerly Mersey Basin Campaign Director - Partnership working

Mark Everard, Environment Agency - Ecosystem goods and services and urban river corridors

Martin Slater, Environment Agency - Flooding and the urban environment

Gerard Morris, Environment Agency & President of CIWEM - Conclusions - The challenges of urban water - directions

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