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Environment Agency committed to Lower Otter River restoration

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

This assurance means that work to manage the estuary can press ahead and avoid delays on delivering the £8-9 million scheme.

“We are completely committed to the Lower Otter Restoration Project and, together with our partners, want to drive forward our work to create multiple benefits for people and wildlife,” said Ben Johnstone, Environment Agency flood risk manager.

Wales Environment Link (WEL) and Natural Resources Wales to protect endangered eels

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Organisations team up to protect endangered eels

Conservation partnership teams with NRW to help protect eels in Merthyr.

Wales Environment Link (WEL) species champion initiative – partnership between Salmon & Trout Conservation Cymru (S&TC) and the South East Wales Rivers Trust – have teamed with Natural Resources Wales to help protect critically endangered eels in Merthyr.

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2018 Scholarship Programme

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Central Rockies chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is offering a new scholarship program to support participation of students and professionals in workshops or conferences related to ecological restoration.

Here is a great opportunity for students and professionals interested in long-term networking with the restoration community in the Central Rockies to attend one of the several restoration conferences/workshops happening this year.

Valuing Rivers: Dammed if we don't

Friday, August 31, 2018

"There are currently thousands of dams on the drawing board or under construction around the world. Many of these have been planned without fully counting the cost of what could be lost: food security, jobs and livelihoods, the flow of nutrients to fertilize agriculturally productive floodplains and deltas, and even the extinction of species, such as the Tapanuli Orangutan in Sumatra.

As climate instability bites and cities and countries bounce from one water crisis to the next, something has to be done urgently to protect and restore all the benefits of healthy rivers."

Therapeutic power of water on health

Friday, August 31, 2018

"People who take trips to bodies of water are more likely to go for longer walks or cycles, as well as swim, which helps lower their risk of developing chronic disease like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But water can have other benefits too.

‘Blue spaces can directly reduce psychological stress and improve mood,’ said Dr White, who is also a lead researcher in BlueHealth, a project examining the relationship between this type of blue infrastructure and people’s health and wellbeing."

Warming water: What climate change holds for the Cape's fragile freshwater fishes, South Africa

Friday, August 31, 2018

In 2014, the Freshwater Research Centre (FRC), in collaboration with CapeNature and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), embarked on a study to investigate the potential consequences of climate warming for the unique and threatened freshwater fishes of South Africa’s Western Cape.

Find out more and watch the video here.

How natural capital is already influencing decision making

Friday, August 31, 2018

"As fires raged across moorland in the Peak District, representatives from the Environment Agency’s Cumbria pioneer project discussed their experience of applying a natural capital approach within a river catchment.

The project aims to test new tools and methods to document natural capital assets, map ecosystem services and design plans for investing and intervening in three Cumbrian sub-catchments covering 170 square kilometres.