Reflections on the ICOLD LE TC meeting September 2020

The ICOLD Levees Technical Committee (LE TC) 2020 met over the last three days of September for our 2020 meeting. These are some of my personal reflections.

The current restrictions in response to COVID19 were overcome by having a teleconference on each of the days. I think the importance of Levees worldwide was seen by the range of countries that joined the meeting despite the large time differences for some. We were also pleased to Welcome Michael Rogers, the current President of ICOLD, to one of our meetings. Each day had a different theme.

Day 1: On the Monday we considered the Levees situation report. The report is well developed containing information, including a section with detailed information about levees within many countries. The version of the Levee Situation Report tabled at the meeting was approved.

Day 2: The focus for Tuesday was the dams-levees comparison report. Chapter include design, construction and inspections. Draft chapters were considered with feedback for the authors. The report is developing into a useful source and signpost for information and will help learning across dam and levee practitioners.

Day 3: The Wednesday meeting considered general topics. I particularly noted the importance of effective national backing groups to support TC members as the reports are nearing completion. It was also an opportunity for suggestions for future bulletins.

I was again impressed by the importance of levees across the world combined with the knowledge and enthusiasm of those managing them.

Adrian Rushworth

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