Thousands of pounds of funding have been awarded to an innovative plan to reduce the impact of flooding and climate change in West Yorkshire over the next six years.
Spearheaded by five local Lead Flood Authorities across the region, the West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme (FLIP) has just achieved a successful bid for £160k local levy funding from the Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee to get it off the ground.
Research England has also given £69k to the programme to be used over the next three months. This will enable Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme to make sure that the latest flood research can be used from the start to develop integrated, innovative approaches to resilience.
The ambitious programme will explore new ways to help protect vulnerable communities from flooding which are urgently needed throughout the region, as climate change is increasing the frequency and scale of flooding events.
Innovation and collaboration between the private sector, community groups, charities and volunteers are key elements of the work and representatives from finance and insurance, transport, education, technology and health sectors will be involved to ensure a wide range of benefits for communities.
Learning from the programme will be shared across organisations to help others deliver similar projects successfully across the region, nationally and internationally.
Councillor Jane Scullion, Chair of the West Yorkshire Flood Risk Partnership and Deputy Leader of Calderdale Council and Ian Fearnley, Flood Programme Manager for Calderdale Council are members of the programme board.
Watch a video of Professor Joe Holden on YouTube talking about the programme https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9rokiqL-i8 and find out more https://icasp.org.uk/2021/11/22/innovative-action-plan-gets-funding-to-reduce-the-impact-of-flooding-across-west-yorkshire/