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Wyre NFM Investment Readiness Project featured at Greater Manchester Green Summit

Rebecca Duncan


We were delighted to address the recent Greater Manchester Green Summit, discussing our Wyre Natural Flood Management (NFM) Investment Readiness Project.

The project is being delivered by The Rivers Trust, Wyre Rivers Trust, Environment Agency, United Utilities, Triodos Bank, Co-op Insurance and FloodRE, with funding from Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. It investigates funding opportunities for implementing Natural Flood Management measures along the River Wyre and its tributaries.

The work is complementary to the Natural Course project, an EU-funded LIFE Integrated project using the North West river basin as a case study to share best practice in water environmental management with the rest of the UK and Europe over 10 years.

The presentation is now available to view online, and features Dan Turner and Amina Aboobakar from The Rivers Trust, Tom Myerscough from the Wyre Rivers Trust, and Dan Hird from Triodos Bank. The team introduce the project and explain how investment in natural capital can feature in the green recovery, helping to build back greener in the post-Brexit, post-COVID United Kingdom.

Whilst the project currently focuses on preventing flooding in Churchtown, Lancashire, the presentation looks to the possibility of scaling up delivery and applying its findings to urban areas such as Greater Manchester itself.

The 2020 Greater Manchester Green Summit took place from 21st-24th September and included discussions on various aspects of environmental health in the city. View the full programme here.

This article has been supported by the LIFE IP Natural Course project, to find out more about Natural Course, visit:

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