Rivers and Coastal Group

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Our vision and aims

To be the lead professional body in water, flood and erosion risk management, promoting excellence to our membership, so as to effectively influence government, NGOs and the wider community in the sustainable management of water, for the benefit of our society and environment, now and into the future.

The CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group (RCG) exists to provide a forum for professional and technical members of CIWEM who have an interest in influencing and implementing policies which affect the physical and social elements of flood and erosion risk management.

The group activities include the:

  • Promotion of the development of the sciences affecting the profession and providing opportunities for sharing them
  • Promotion of issues between professional and political bodies and to be the Technical Panel for the Institution on matters relating to flood and coastal erosion risk management
  • Development of the knowledge of members through a range of technical visits and meetings that cater for the wider interests of the membership in the various environments (i.e. natural and built, urban and rural, fluvial and coastal)
  • Facilitation of professional development and continuous learning

Follow our current discussions and updates by following @ciwemrcg or joining our group on LinkedIn. To join, click ‘My CIWEM’ and log in. Then click ‘Special Interest Groups’ then tick ‘Rivers & Coastal’. You’ll now be a member and receive updates via email.

Rivers and Coastal Group Study Weekend

The Rivers and Coastal Group Study Weekend brings together young river and coastal professionals, both current and aspiring CIWEM members, for a mix of lectures, workshops, site visits and social activities. A list of historic events can be found here.

Jack Lewin Award

CIWEM Rivers and Coastal Group are delighted to announce that we will be presenting our annual Jack Lewin Prize at the conference. The winner will receive the Jack Lewin Trophy and a complimentary place at the conference.

Nominations are now open! We are looking for an individual or team who has made a significant contribution to the fluvial rivers or coastal industry. Please send the name of your nomination(s) and a brief description of why you are nominating them to events@ciwem.org by COP 09 September 2019.

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