23 March 2023 3:00PM-4:00PM Online
The Rivers Trust’s Unique Experience Delivering Collaborative Catchment-Based Approaches in the UK
While many countries have examples of catchment management approaches, the UK is unique in having nationwide catchment-based partnerships. The Rivers Trust will present our experience of delivering the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) and how we are bringing citizen science into the regulatory framework through...
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While many countries have examples of catchment management approaches, the UK is unique in having nationwide catchment-based partnerships. The Rivers Trust will present our experience of delivering the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) and how we are bringing citizen science into the regulatory framework through the Catchment Systems Thinking Collaborative (CaSTCo). The Rivers Trust would like to share key learnings from these projects with the global audience at New York Water Week and put these in context by reflecting on international catchment management approaches.

An Introduction to CaBA

Rob Collins, Director of Policy & Science at The Rivers Trust and CaBA Chair, will introduce CaBA and explain how this network encompassing over 100 river catchment partnerships has enabled cross-sectoral collaboration to environmental benefits including improved water quality, habitat restoration and flood risk management. He will set out some of the key learnings produced by a decade of CaBA work, with real-world examples from working groups, which has raised the profile of nature-based solutions, local-led planning and delivery, and equitable access to and ownership of data.

Thames Rivers Trust’s experience of delivering catchment-based work

Maria Mercedes Kuri, Partnership Officer at Thames Rivers Trust, shares insights into the community-level experience of catchment-based approaches, looking at both the social and environmental benefits but also the tools and resources community-level partners such as Rivers Trusts need to carry out this work.

An Introduction to CaSTCo

Jessie Leach, Project Management Lead at The Rivers Trust, will introduce CaSTCo, which is the first national, standardised UK river catchment monitoring framework and aims to address significant evidence gaps around the state of the water environment. This session will explore how the project combines collaborative data gathering methods, including citizen science, with decision-support tools, to drive evidence-based actions for a more resilient water environment. Jessie will draw on case study examples from demonstrator areas to showcase the work being planned between local partnerships, water companies, volunteers, and other stakeholders.

An International Perspective on Catchment Approaches

Christine Colvin, Water Policy Lead at WWF International will put the UK’s catchment-based initiatives in an international context and explore how bottom-up approaches led by eNGOs and community-based groups like The Rivers Trust can play a leading role in ambitious, nation-wide frameworks.

Chaired by Tessa Wardley, Director of Communications & Advocacy at The Rivers Trust

The Rivers Trust on Catchment-Based Approaches (zoom.us)