The Westcountry Rivers Trust, in collaboration with DEFRA and the Rivers Trust, has developed a method for undertaking stakeholder-led spatial visualisation of ecosystem services provisioning areas across a catchment landscape. During this participatory process, primary, secondary and tertiary stakeholders and technical specialists work with a broker/facilitator to collate and scrutinise all of the data and evidence relating to environmental infrastructure and ecosystem services provision for their area of interest.
The consultation for the draft update for the River Basin management plan is now open. It will stay open until 10/04/15 at 23:45. Your responses will help influence and shape the update to the river basin management plans in 2015. A consultation response document will be available in Summer 2015.
The International River Symposium in Canberra, Australia will be held between the 15th and 18th September 2014. The event has an over-arching theme of Large River Basins.
The abstract submission deadline is today (16th May) but early bird bookings can be made up until the 30th June.
The new Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) website is now live. The website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.
The England River Prize was presented to the winning team by International RiverFoundation (IRF) Ambassador Alastair Driver and the River Restoration Centre (RRC) Chairman Fiona Bowles.
The prize was awarded by a partnership of the RRC, WWF-UK, Environment Agency and the International River Foundation to celebrate successful approaches in river restoration delivering a wide range of benefits.
A wide range of groups and organisations responded to this consultation, including water and energy companies, charities, non-governmental organisations, wildlife groups, industrial organisations and individuals. Through the consultation you told us that:
• you support the catchment based approach to river basin planning and delivery
• local delivery should be informed by an overarching strategy
• common issues could be tackled through working together across catchments
The four finalists are:
Large catchment project, demonstrating a whole river approach to restoration - Wensum, Norfolk nominated by the Environment Agency.
Value for money project, demonstrating cost effective achievements - Bow Brook nominated by Worcestershire Wildlife Trust.
Multi-partnership project, demonstrating wide ranging involvement in the planning and delivery of restoration - Haltwhistle Burn, Northumberland nominated by the Tyne Rivers Trust.
International RiverFoundation is now accepting applications for the 2014 Riverprize awards. For the second year running, there will be three prize categories to choose from – the Australian Riverprize, the IRF European Riverprize or the Thiess International Riverprize. The Riverprize awards are intended to not only give reward to those who are achieving outstanding results, but to provide those organisations with the appropriate recognition and prestige to enable them to build new partnerships, expand and improve their programs so that they may continue to achieve success.
This issue features REFORM deliverables available online, an interview with Professor Gary Brierley on Sharing Global Lessons in River Restoration and an example of channel restoration on the River Vääräjoki in Finland.
After three years of hard work supporting river restoration and river management globally, Matthew Reddy, the International RiverFoundation CEO is stepping down. He will be replaced by Dr. Nick Schofield.