Webinar: Room for rivers and voices

Historically, both Alberta and the Netherlands have focused on physical  infrastructure  approaches to flood mitigation.  However, following catastrophic  flood  risk in the 1990s, the Dutch government developed the  Room-for-River (RfR) program, breaking from their 1000-year tradition of structural engineering approaches of ‘fighting the water’ to ‘living with water’. In Alberta, the  high cost of the 2013  disaster and a growing sensitivity to the implications of climate variability triggered a reassessment of costly structural solutions and exploration of other approaches, leading to three  RfR  projects. In this presentation, I compare the RfR approaches in the Netherlands and Alberta through the Transition Governance Framework.  Unlike transferable  technological change, RfR requires fundamental institutional, governance, and cultural change, and hence is more challenging to implement.

This presentation from the Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum (CCRF) sets the stage for discussions on how a combination of policies and practices  could  make  more room for rivers and  voices in flood risk management.

The free presentation will take place online at 2 PM Atlantic/10 AM Pacific.

Please visit the Zoom hyperlink to register.

About the Speaker: Dr. Eva (Evalyna) Bogdan

Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Waterloo

Dr. Eva (Evalyna) Bogdan is a MEOPAR and SSHRC Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on how diverse and competing views and interests are navigated in policies and practices addressing socio-environmental problems, especially related to flood risk governance. To examine these complex challenges, Eva applies an interdisciplinary lens and innovative stakeholder engagement approaches. She is working alongside Dr. Daniel Henstra, Dr. Jason Thistlethwaite, and the FLOODGOV team who are conducting comparative case studies in Canadian cities on flood risk governance arrangements and evaluate their effectiveness in a changing climate.