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The Sustainable River Catchments for the South East (SuRCaSE) project: an introduction Professor Edward Maltby Institute for Sustainable Water, Integrated Management and Ecosystem Research (SWIMMER) University of Liverpool . SWIMMER. Features Fastest growing regional economy

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  1. The Sustainable River Catchments for the South East (SuRCaSE) project: an introductionProfessor Edward MaltbyInstitute for Sustainable Water, Integrated Management and Ecosystem Research (SWIMMER)University of Liverpool SWIMMER

  2. Features • Fastest growing regional economy • Largest exporter and contributor to exchequer • 8 million people, 15 % of workforce • Pockets of significant deprivation

  3. Pressures on the water environment: Economic growth and population increase High and increasing per capita water demand Anticipated effects of climate change

  4. Need an approach to land and water management which balances: Economic prosperity Environmental Sustainability …and social well-being ©Natural England

  5. Framework for Ecosystem Management Human Desires and Needs Technology and Economics ©Natural England Ecology

  6. Ecosystem Approach ensures that all consequences of a management action are considered within the action’s area of influence ecological political economic Management Action social cultural

  7. Definition of the Ecosystem Approach • The Ecosystem Approach is a strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way.

  8. 2. Decentralised management 12. Involve all relevant sectors 1. Societal choice 11. Consider all forms of information 4. Economic context Economic Prosperity Social well-being 9. Change is inevitable Equitable sharing 10. Integration of and balance between conservation and use 7. Appropriate temporal and spatial scales Integrated approaches Conserving biodiversity Sustainable use 8. Management objectives set for the long term 6. Keep within the limits of functioning Environmental sustainability 3. Adjacent ecosystems 5. Conserve ecosystem structure and functioning The Ecosystem Approach – 12 Principles

  9. Forerunners of SuRCaSE • Previous successful strategies in the West Country • Several projects to deliver economic and environmental benefits through improved land management: • Over 1000 landowners advised and 700 management plans implemented • Direct benefits: Average £2300 per farm • Indirect benefits: Water quality, fisheries, tourism, biodiversity, flood mitigation • Benefits to costs ratio: 8.2:1

  10. Initial Scoping Study • Review candidate catchments • Select catchments for scoping • key features • major issues and pressure • key stakeholders • Current initiatives and projects • Engage key organisations • Scope future work • Develop proposal for implementation

  11. Kennet Project catchments Darent Stour • Three catchments were selected in which • Benefit could be derived • Local partnerships could be established • Data were readily available • In combination with the other catchments, a representative picture of the region is established

  12. Extend integrated approach and experience and develop new tools to include: Land management Drainage Water efficiency

  13. Recreation, education and amenity Habitat restoration

  14. The SuRCaSE project • Part funded by EU LIFE programme  • Engaging with: • Partners • Farmers • Landowners • Industrial and commercial water users • Developers and local authorities • to promote locally based non-regulatory actions to safeguard and enhance water resources • ..and demonstrate application of the Ecosystem Approach to sustainable management of water resources

  15. Advisors tackling four themes in each catchment • Diffuse Pollution • Sustainable Drainage (SUDS) • Water Resources & Efficiency • Quality of Life (Access to Riverside) • Complementing, not competing with existing activities

  16. 1:1 site specific, tailored advice for agriculture and industry • Win - Win Solutions for economic, environmental and social benefits • In partnership with SEEDA, SE Water, S Water, Westcountry Rivers Trust, Environment Agency and Natural England

  17. Surcase Project Team Professor Ed Maltby (Technical Director) Simon Richardson (SEEDA Co-ordinator) Chris Sollars (River Catchment Co-ordinator) Catchment Advisors: Paul Cobb (Farm and River Advisor) Chris Sollars (Access & Amenity) Abhishek Sharma (SUDS) Catherine Morris (Water Efficiency) Jeff Shi (Water Efficiency, Kennet region) Support team: Conor Linstead (DSS Advisor) Katie Haslam (Project Administrator) Tom West (Development Officer) Ian McConnell (Software Development) The Partnership: SWIMMER

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