Contaminated Land Network

Role and Remit

Contaminated land is a global issue and many countries have a legacy of contaminated land resulting from historical industrial activity, waste management and from the previous regeneration of land. Contamination is still occurring across the world, due to inadequate or inappropriate operational controls and regulation in industry and in the management of waste. The presence of contamination can represent an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment.

Our Contaminated Land Network (CLN) supports professionals in the contaminated land sector through membership and chartership application. The CLN specialist panel also provides expert views for the Institution and acts as a sounding board for current and new initiatives. The CLN brings together government and non-governmental bodies, industry, academia and other stakeholders to stimulate sharing of knowledge and good practice in the management of contaminated land. The network aims to support the relationship between academic research and practice.

The CLN has a number of strategic linkages with CIWEM’s as well as through our status as a founding body of SiLC. CIWEM Representatives are on the SiLC Professional and Technical Panel to collaborate with and provide links between SiLC and CIWEM. The SiLC Register brings together professionals from a broad range of backgrounds who advise on land condition matters.


There is a Specialist Panel which meets on a regular basis to discuss topics of interest and concern in the sector and steer the activities of the network as a whole. The Specialist Panel is chaired by Lucy Bethell, Senior Associate at Mott MacDonald. The Deputy Chair of the panel is Mark Field, Project Manager at Vertase FLI.

The Specialist Panel produced CIWEM’s Contaminated Land Policy Position Statement which outlines CIWEM’s views and policy position with respect to the assessment, management, remediation and development of contaminated land.

The Specialist Panel also provided input to CIWEM’s Policy Position Statement on Brownfield Development which sets out the position of CIWEM on brownfield development and issues around the legacy of contaminated land and its redevelopment.

Members of the Contaminated Land Specialist Panel are involved in the CIWEM PFAS multi disciplinary working group to develop a Policy Position Statement in relation to PFAS, alongside members of the Wastewater and Biosolids Network and the Water Supply and Quality Network.

If you have contaminated land as an element of your post, are interested in contaminated land issues or require further information on joining the Network or Specialist Panel please contact Alastair Chisholm.

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