Governance, structure and goals of the Rivers Trust Movement
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.
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Annex completed on: 08-25-2013