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Council holds CC conference 15 March 2019

A Northern Ireland council has become the region’s first to look at ways of mitigating the effects of climate change (via BBC News)


By Conor Macauley 

Derry City and Strabane Council, which saw serious flooding in the summer of 2017, has ran Northern Ireland’s first ever conference dealing with climate change adaptation techniques.

As a result of the flooding, one hundred people had to be rescued in the north west as two thirds of August’s rainfall came down in nine hours.

Bridges crumbled, cars were washed away and homes and businesses destroyed.

Now experts from London, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland are gathering to offer advice on how to cope with future events.

The conference, held in the city’s Guildhall, will examine the council’s emergency planning to see how it might be improved.

But it will also look at use of public spaces to mitigate the effects of flooding and other climate change conditions.

The idea of such so–called “green infrastructure” is to provide a network of interlinked spaces that can be used by the public, whilst simultaneously creating wildlife habitat and helping to manage climate change risk.

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