Hull’s unique water resilience partnership featured on new climate action podcast

The Living With Water partnership features on a new episode of climate charity Carbon Copy’s new podcast, Copy This.

The podcast, hosted by Carbon Copy’s Ric Casale and podcasting veteran Amanda Carpenter, launched earlier this month for a five-episode pilot series.

In “Blue Green City of the Future” released today, guests Lee Pitcher and Andrew Barron, of the Living With Water partnership, explain in detail why Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire are so at risk from flooding, and what is being done to mitigate and adapt to this.

The pair reveal the personal stories that led to their passion for this project and for making the city and region a safer, more pleasant place to live.

Ric Casale, trustee of Carbon Copy, said: “With ‘once-in-a-century’ weather events like Storm Eunice now occurring far more frequently, and sea levels rising through climate change; flooding and water resilience have become critical issues for people across the UK.

“We are excited to highlight this fantastic example of collaboration between public and private sector organisations and the local community, which is helping people to protect their lives and livelihoods, and is changing perceptions about living in an area at risk of flooding.

“We hope that people living in other parts of the country will feel inspired by this project and will feel empowered to copy and adapt some of its methods in their own local areas.”   

The Living with Water partnership

Living With Water is a partnership between Hull City Council, Yorkshire Water, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the Environment Agency and the University of Hull – all of which are involved in managing water in the region.

Lee Pitcher

The partnership works to protect the area by developing innovative water management systems, as well as giving people the knowledge to improve their personal resilience.

Lee Pitcher, general manager of the Living With Water partnership, said: “We’re always keen for new opportunities to talk about the Living With Water partnership. For us, it’s important to highlight that it is about so much more than infrastructure and engineering.

“We’re going into communities and talking to them about their ideas, and we’re finding people are really engaged and are coming up with solutions we haven’t even thought of. So this partnership is about co-creating and working together to build a city that is not only more resilient to flooding, but is a better, healthier place to live and work.”  

To hear more about the Living With Water partnership, listen to the podcast on the Carbon Copy website, or search for “Copy This” wherever you get your podcasts.

Read more: Hull and high water: How the city became a leader on flood management after devastation of 2007

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