Governance, structure and goals of the Rivers Trust Movement

Project information

Index: 1006R4
Priority:2: Environment and risk prevention
Sub Theme:Water management
Location UNITED KINGDOM Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1998
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

This good practice describes the governance, structure, approach and objectives of the Rivers Trust movement across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, encompassing its engagement with a wide range of stakeholders and ultimate aim of catchment management to support WFD implementation.

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 management of freshwater resources.
OBJECTIVES: The Rivers Trusts are grassroots charitable organisations applying local expertise to improve rivers and their catchments nationwide.
The trusts operate through permission and consent but have a considerable ‘soft’ influencing power.
ACTIVITIES: Integrated catchment management including engagement with farmers to embed more sustainable agriculture, natural solutions to reduce flood risk; restoration of aquatic habitats and improvements to fish migration.

Evidence of success

RESULTS: The Rivers Trust movement collectively employs more than 150 technical specialists nationwide. Its work has led to quantifiable improvements in water quality and aquatic habitat, and improved fish migration. Work has also led to reductions in flood risk and controlled or eradicated freshwater invasive non-native species.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Rob Collins

River Trusts

Annex completed on: 08-25-2013

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