In June 2013, following a pilot phase, Defra launched its policy framework for a catchment based approach. The policy makes clear the belief that engagement and collaborative working sits at the heart of a viable Catchment Based Approach.
The objectives for the Catchment Based Approach are:
1) To deliver positive and sustained outcomes for the water environment by promoting a better understanding of the environment at a local level;
2) To encourage local collaboration and more transparent decision-making when both planning and delivering activities to improve the water environment.
Working with our colleagues in The Calder and Colne Rivers Trust and with a host of individuals and other organisations with an interest in rivers and their catchments we will ‘hold’ a Vision, Strategy and Priorities for improving both Aire and Calder catchments whilst bringing together stakeholders in the belief that by connecting together we can deliver more. We recently agreed a Vision, Strategy & Objectives
A healthy and wildlife-rich water environment within the Aire and Calder that is valued and enjoyed, bringing increasing social and economic benefits to all.
Improving rivers and catchments is not just a ‘good thing’ for its own sake, it needs to contribute to the wider social and economic infrastructure and ACCP’s work recognises this.
The Catchment Partnership is not a ‘feet wet’ organisation, we believe that the existing Trusts and the many other organisations across the area already have, or can develop, the capability to deliver the necessary improvements. Our role is to facilitate collaborative planning and action.