The IOAF is coordinated by the Environment Agency, enabling forum members to learn from each other and work together to reduce vulnerability and realise opportunities presented by points of dependency between infrastructure systems.
Members are drawn from infrastructure operators, regulators, government, trade associations, professional bodies and academia. The IOAF’s vision is for:
Our assets and services to be resilient to today’s natural hazards and prepared for the future climate.
The IOAF and the ARCC Network, the dialogues bring together those within the policy, practice and research communities who are exploring dependencies and interdependencies in the infrastructure sectors.
The programme shares learning, challenges and plans by providing opportunities to explore work within and across the different communities, to initiate and strengthen collaborative efforts and enhance overall understanding and progress.
Work continues through ARCC network leadership of the IOAF Working Group 5 on ‘Interdependencies and cascade failure risks’. This builds on previous dialogues, on-going links with Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the UK Regulators Network and three major research infrastructure research projects (ICIF, ITRC and iBuild).