Catchment management plans
Topic of the practice
Catchment stakeholder groups have been established across England (funded by Government) to drive collaborative working, capture local knowledge and ensure coordinated action to protect and enhance freshwater resources. Catchment plans are to be developed which will feed and inform WFD River Basin Management Plans (RBMP).
Good Practice Information
PROBLEM: Top-down Government regulation is unable to capture local knowledge or engage the wider community in decision making with respect to managing freshwater resources.
OBJECTIVES: Develop a shared understanding of current issues, identify co-ordinated action to address them and deliver benefits to the environment.
Influence how resources are used, help shape and inform the content of 2nd cycle RBMPs. Fulfil Article 14 of WFD.
ACTIVITIES: Establish catchment partnership, identify host; develop shared understanding of current problems; establish information portal; identify actions (measures), timing, costs, responsibilities; inform RBMPs.
Evidence of success
RESULTS: The process is at an early stage but the first groups have been successful in bringing together disparate stakeholders, and developing a community view on action. Successful outcomes will identify and implement action to improve WFD status (and beyond, e.g. reducing flood risk) and shape 2nd cycle RBMPs.
TRANSFERABILITY: Transferable when support from Government exists.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
The Rivers Trust
Annex completed on: 08-25-2013