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SUDS: From Costs and Barriers to Benefits


SUDS: From Costs and Barriers to Benefits

This is the fourth in a series of network events organised by WRC following on the success of the Mechelen, Condette and Middelburg sessions in 2017 – 2018.

The Bruges WRC network event will focus on the cost benefit analysis of SUDS to overcome the existing barriers in working with SUDS and climate proof planning and designing of the public space.

The morning part of the day will bring an expert panel presenting and discussing different aspects of costs, benefits and barriers of SUDS in existing urban areas.

The afternoon session will bring more practical testimonies on climate proof working, planning and design of the public space in the Bruges area, including a recent award winning water-robust design of a playground.

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Draft Programme:

09.00 - Registration and coffee/tea

09.30 - Welcome by Mrs Mercedes Van Volcem, Alderman City of Bruges

09.45 - Intro WRC project – partnership - network sessions and speakers panel

10.00 - Speaker on: Cost analysis and effectiveness of climate adaptation measures

Mr Elwin LEUSINK, Adviser urban water, SWECO, NL

- Feedback from panel & public

10.30 - Speaker on: Decreasing costs by the implementation of SUDS within an industrial/harbour area

Mr Antoine PIERROT, Business Manager Major Projects, SUEZ, FR

- Feedback from panel & public

11.00 - Break

11.30 - Speaker on: Benefits of SUDS and climate proof planning

Prof Patrick WILLEMS, KU Leuven, BE

- Feedback from panel & public

12.00 - Speaker on: Overcoming barriers trough design

Mr Ian Titherington, Cardiff City Council, UK

- Feedback from panel & public

12.30 - Networking lunch

14.00 - Information about SUDS @ Vives building (cf. guided visit 16.30)

14.30 - From costs to benefits: “River contract Kerkebeek” Testimony Flemish Environment Agency on Rivercontract Kerkebeek - Mr Sven Verbeke, VMM, BE

15.00 - From barriers to benefits: Clustering grey, green and blue

- Bruges Climate Adaptation Plan - Mr Vincent Wolfs, SumAqua

- Cluster Public Domain - Mr Joachim Calcoen, Stad Brugge

- Climate proof planning & award winning design - Mr Maarten Vansteenhuyse, Stad Brugge

15.45 - Closing words, Q&A

16.00 - Optional guided Vives site and building

16.00 - On site networking drink

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