Decisions in Flood risk management are often filled with controversy. However, as with all decisions to do with the environment, it involves valuation at its heart. This talk will introduce the audience to the ways in which environmental valuation takes place and how it might be done differently. Most importantly, this talk will invite the audience to consider their own relationships with the rivers in York and what’s important to them when thinking about living with water.
In widening the participation to understanding people’s values, valuation can become a more democratic process and decisions about flooding might start from the very outset with public conversations. As a result, the way flood risk management is practiced might move away from a technical focus on ‘how do we keep water out’ to one in which we collectively imagine how we might live well with water.