Infrastructure operators adaptation forum

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.

IOAF Working Group 5: interdependencies between infrastructure systems

Led by Roger Street, ARCC network

WG5 focuses on contributing to the knowledge and influencing potential of the IOA Forum in the infrastructure interdependencies arena.

There’s a particular focus on these interdependencies in the context of threats and opportunities associated with change, including but not limited to climate change.

A number of activities are already underway within the infrastructure interdependencies landscape – the working group brings together information on the results of related activities and on those underway, and on the associated experiences and challenges faced by infrastructure operators.  The working group engages with academic, industry and policy/regulatory efforts operating in the infrastructure interdependencies landscape.

This builds on previous dialogues, on-going links with Infrastructure and Projects Authority, the UK Regulators Network and three major research infrastructure research projects (ICIFITRC and iBuild).