Research: Relevant Environmental Organisations/Potential Markets

At this stage, I decided to overview examples previous research as well undertaking new research of relevant organisations and potential markets or audiences to consider as a part of my final major project.

General Organisations:

Environmental Agency

http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/default.aspx

The Environment Agency was established to protect and improve the environment and to contribute to sustainable development.

We work to create better places for people and wildlife. We do this by implementing the policies of UK government departments.

Responsibilities

We’re responsible for:

  • regulation of major industry
  • flood and coastal risk management
  • water quality and resources
  • waste regulation
  • climate change
  • fisheries
  • contaminated land
  • conservation and ecology
  • navigation

Emergencies and incidents

We’re not an emergency service, but as a Category One responder under the Civil Contingencies Act we play an important role in preparing for and supporting the response to emergencies in England. We have staff on standby to respond to incidents 24 hours a day.

You can read more about the type of incidents that we deal with and how to report an environmental incident.

Priorities

Our priorities are to:

  • act to reduce climate change and its consequences
  • protect and improve water, land and air by tackling pollution
  • work with people and communities to create better places
  • work with businesses and other organisations to use resources wisely
  • be the best we can

Who we are

We’re responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). We have around 11,400 employees.

Our Head Office is in Bristol, with a further office at Ergon House in London. We’re divided into six regions – South East, South West, Midlands, Anglian, North West and Yorkshire and North East. The regions support and co-ordinate the activities of area offices across England.

National Trust

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/

As a charity, we rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations.

We are a charity and completely independent of Government. We rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations.

We have over 3.7 million members and 61,000 volunteers. More than 17 million people visit our pay for entry properties, while an estimated 50 million visit our open air properties.

We protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments.

But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages – for ever, for everyone.

The Wildlife Trusts

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

What we believe

We want to inspire people about the natural world so that they value it, understand their relationship with it and take action to protect and restore it.

The Wildlife Trusts want to help nature to recover from the decline that for decades has been the staple diet of scientific studies and news stories.  We believe passionately that wildlife and natural processes need to have space to thrive, beyond designated nature reserves and other protected sites.  To achieve this it is vital that the richest wildlife sites are protected and sustained as a starting point from which nature can spread back into our wider landscapes.  And at sea we must also protect areas now for a future when our marine wildlife can thrive more widely.

Society needs this as much as our wildlife does. A healthy natural environment is the foundation for everything that is of value to people – food, water, shelter, flood prevention, health, happiness and creative inspiration.  It’s the source of our prosperity and our wellbeing. We want to inspire people about the natural world so that they value it, understand their relationship with it and take action to protect and restore it

What we do

We stand up for, and look after, natural and wild places close to where people live.

We manage more than 95,000ha of land, across about 2,300 individual locations, each shaped by its location and its relationship with the local people who value it.

Every year, more than 7 million people visit our nature reserves, but we’re not just about land management. Every day we are working to help people from all walks of life discover and enjoy nature.  We run over 11,000 events a year, helping more than 380,000 people connect with nature in their local patch.  We work with about 5,200 schools and welcome people to more than 120 visitor centres.  Through our work, we advise more than 5,300 landowners on how to manage over 200,000ha of land for wildlife.

We are motivated by a personal emotional connection to the natural world.  The 650 trustees, 40,000 volunteers, 800,000 members and 2,000+ staff of Wildlife Trusts across the UK value the natural world – and particularly its wildlife – and we believe there should be more of it.

Who we are

There are 47 individual Wildlife Trusts covering the whole of the UK and the Isle of Man and Alderney.  Together, The Wildlife Trusts are the UK’s largest people-powered environmental organisation working for nature’s recovery on land and at sea.

Each Wildlife Trust is an independent charity is deeply-rooted within the local communities from which it was formed – most had been established by the end of the 1960s (usually, but not always, at a county-wide level), often set up by local activists determined to save what they could – the last remaining meadows, ancient woods, heaths – in the face of widespread devastation to our natural environment.

Your local Wildlife Trust 

Our structure

Our strength lies in our localness and our knowledge of local places and people.  Our work comes out of, and is accountable to, the local communities we are part of.  However, our additional strength lies in the fact that all 47 Trusts are able to come together to champion nature to national audiences. Each Trust is a corporate member of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT, registered charity number 207238), a charity founded in 1912 by banker and philanthropist Charles Rothschild.  This federated structure is adopted widely in the social, or people-focused, charity sector where a national voice and local needs are equally important.  This structure suits our personality down to the ground. We are people-focussed in the way we deliver our work – working with local people to improve our local environment and quality of life.
As the umbrella organisation, RSWT is a relatively small central coordinating team for The Wildlife Trust movement that provides leadership for the strategic development and ensuring that the interests of The Wildlife Trusts are represented on all occasions when a strong collective voice is required.  It has responsibilities for collective work at an England level and for orchestrating our collective work at a UK level.  It also has a role to play in ensuring our federated structure is as effective and efficient as possible, driving the sharing of resources, skills and knowledge, as well as raising funds from national sources that can be distributed back to the individual Trusts for conservation work.

How we are funded

The Wildlife Trusts are very grateful for support from members and legators. This support accounts for the majority of our income and is vital to our efforts to secure nature’s recovery.

Grants for particular projects are received from local authorities, statutory agencies and governments through rural development programmes.  Landfill Tax Credits have also provided vital support for land purchase and community engagement.  The support of key lottery operators and distributors, the Heritage Lottery Fund, the BIG Lottery Fund and People’s Postcode Lottery is greatly appreciated as is that from a wide range of charitable Trusts.

The Wildlife Trusts enjoy many partnerships and relationships with businesses right across the UK. Each Trust pays RSWT a small annual Contribution meaning that The Wildlife Trusts UK office is run on around 2% of the organisation’s overall income. Just as Trusts are keen to reflect their true local ownership and be accountable to their local members, it is equally important that the central charity (RSWT) is fully owned and working directly for the 47 Trusts.  In 2012 governance changes took place and RSWT’s Council is now comprised entirely of Wildlife Trust Chairs and Chief Executives This is replicated in other federated charity structures, and is thought to be the most effective method of working, binding a movement like ours closer together.

Natural England

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/

Natural England is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Our purpose is to protect and improve England’s natural environment and encourage people to enjoy and get involved in their surroundings.

A healthy natural environment

Our broad remit means that our reach extends across the country. We work with people such as farmers, town and country planners, researchers and scientists, and the general public on a range of schemes and initiatives.

Put simply, our aim is to create a better natural environment that covers all of our urban, country and coastal landscapes, along with all of the animals, plants and other organisms that live with us.

Why is looking after the natural environment important?

The condition of our natural environment is vital: every living thing needs water, fresh air and food – which can only come from a healthy natural environment. Research has also shown that people are affected by their surroundings – so the better our natural environment is the better people feel.

Rural Economy and Land Use

http://www.relu.ac.uk/

Rural Economy and Land Use Programme

Harnessing the sciences for sustainable rural development

Rural areas in the UK are experiencing a period of considerable change. The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme aimed to advance understanding of the challenges caused by this change today and in the future. Interdisciplinary research was funded between 2004 and 2013 in order to inform policy and practice with choices on how to manage the countryside and rural economies.

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme enabled researchers to work together to investigate the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges faced by rural areas. It was an unprecedented collaboration between the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It had a budget of £24 million, with additional funding provided by the Scottish Government and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/Default.aspx

UK Conservation

The UK’s natural environment and its biodiversity provides a vital and valuable role in supporting the basic natural services we all depend on, such as food, fresh water and clean air.  For example, bees pollinate our crops and the crops in turn provide us with food.  Nature conservation aims to maintain and enrich our biodiversity, and to sustain these natural services.

Nature conservation in the UK is driven by a wide range of policies, legislation and agreements, all delivered by a range of bodies, from the statutory, voluntary, academic and business sectors, which work together to conserve the environment and its biodiversity.  In 1994, the UK became the first country to produce a national biodiversity action plan (the UK BAP), as part of its commitment to the Convention on Biological Diversity.  Since then, devolution has led the four countries of the UK – England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – to produce their own biodiversity conservation strategies.

JNCC plays an important role in helping to co-ordinate conservation action and research at a UK level.  Additionally, in July 2012, JNCC and Defra, on behalf of the Four Countries’ Biodiversity Group, published the ‘UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework’, which aimed to set out the common purpose and shared priorities of the four countries and the UK.  This important document has been endorsed by the environment ministers from all four countries.

Beyond the UK Biodiversity Framework, JNCC’s involvement in nature conservation at a UK level ranges from the publication of annual updates of the UK Biodiversity Indicators suite (last update May 2012), to work which assists in the protection of rare and threatened UK habitats and species, the designation of protected sites and the support of UK legislation.

UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework

Together with Defra, JNCC published the ‘UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework’ on 17 July 2012, on behalf of the Four Countries’ Biodiversity Group, which includes representatives from each of the devolved administrations.

The biodiversity framework has been developed in response to two major drivers: the publication of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD’s) Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its five strategic goals and 20 ‘Aichi targets’, following the CBD meeting held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010; and the launch of the new EU Biodiversity Strategy (EUBS) in May 2011.

The framework is designed to show how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the ‘Aichi targets’ and the aims of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.  It highlights where work in the country biodiversity strategies contributes to international obligations, and the activities required at a UK level to complement these strategies.  The development of the framework reflects a revised direction for nature conservation, towards an approach which aims to consider the management of the environment as a whole, and to acknowledge and take into account the value of nature in decision-making.

For more information about the ‘UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework’>>>

UK Biodiversity Indicators

Indicators summarise complex data into more simple, standardised and communicable figures.  Within the UK, lots of information about biodiversity is collected, across a wide range of species and habitats, and a suite of biodiversity indicators is used to communicate this information to a range of audiences, including the general public, policy makers and government officials.

A set of biodiversity indicators for the UK was first published in June 2007, and has been published annually ever since – most recently on 29 May 2012.  The indicators show changes in various aspects of biodiversity, such as the population size of important species or the area of land managed for wildlife.

The UK Biodiversity Indicators have been developed with input from government, statutory agencies, non-governmental organisations and academic institutes.  The publication of the indicators is compiled on behalf of the Biodiversity Indicators Steering Group by JNCC and Defra, and is overseen by government statisticians.

For more information about the UK Biodiversity Indicators>>>

UK Habitats and Species

The UK has a wealth of habitats and species, some of which are of worldwide importance.  JNCC supports habitat and species conservation through advice, and the development of surveillance and monitoring initiatives in the wider countryside.  Through surveillance and monitoring, the status and trends of species and habitats, and the pressures that affect them, can be recorded.  The information gathered can be used to help identify problems, target conservation action where it is most needed, and to measure the success of conservation effort.

For more information about UK habitats and species>>>

UK Protected sites

The UK has many different types of protected area, from those established for nature conservation only, to those which serve a range of purposes such as National Parks.  Assisting in the designation of protected areas in the UK is an important part of the delivery of JNCC’s requirement to conserve and enhance habitats, earth science features and species.  JNCC acts on behalf of the statutory conservation agencies and associated government departments by collecting information on designated sites for nature conservation in the UK, and also assists in the interpretation of criteria for site selection and in developing guidelines to aid the process.

For more information about UK protected sites>>>

UK Legislation

Laws and regulations to conserve biodiversity or to regulate how it is used have their origins at global, European Union, national and sub-national level.  At a UK level, nature conservation policy is a devolved function, and there is some divergence in approaches to legislation between the four countries.

The major legislation relating to nature conservation in Great Britain is the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).  As part of the act, JNCC co-ordinates a statutory five-yearly review of Schedules 5 and 8 (protected wild animals and plants respectively).

Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs

We work on these topics

  1. Rural and countryside

    The interests of rural communities in the UK must be properly represented. Through investing in the rural economy, improving access to the countryside, coast and inland waterways, we will secure the future of these areas and their communities. Read more

  2. Food and farming

    Britain needs to ensure a sustainable supply of food for the UK market and export. Supporting and developing British farming, and encouraging sustainable food production (including fisheries) will ensure a secure, environmentally sustainable and healthy supply of food with improved standards of animal welfare. Read more

  3. Environment

    The government is working to protect our environment by reducing pollution, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill, protecting areas of parkland, wildlife reserves and marine biodiversity, and enforcing regulations that keep our water and air clean. We also help communities avoid or recover from flooding and other weather-related hazards. Read more

  4. Wildlife and animal welfare

    The government offers advice and guidance to pet owners and also enforces legislation to protect pets against cruelty. The UK has a diverse and unique range of wildlife, but over-exploitation (such as over-fishing), habitat loss, climate change and the impact of non-native species all pose a threat. Read more

Eco Health Alliance

http://www.ecohealthalliance.org/

EcoHealth Alliance is an international organization of scientists dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity. For more than 40 years, EcoHealth Alliance has focused its efforts on conservation. Today, we are known for our innovative research on the intricate relationships between wildlife, ecosystems and human health.

EcoHealth Alliance’s work spans the U.S. and more than 20 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia to research ways for people and wildlife to share bioscapes for their mutual survival. Our strength is built on our innovations in research, education and training and our accessibility to international conservation partners.

Internationally, our programs support conservationists in over a dozen countries at the local level to save endangered species and their habitats and to protect delicate ecosystems for the benefit of wildlife and humans.

UK National Ecosystem Assessment

http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/

The need for the UK NEA arose from findings of the 2005 global Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA), which not only demonstrated the importance of ecosystem services to human well-being, but also showed that at global scales, many key services are being degraded and lost. As a result, in 2007 the House of Commons Environmental Audit recommended that the Government should conduct a full MA-type assessment for the UK to enable the identification and development of effective policy responses to ecosystem service degradation (House of Commons Environmental Audit, 2007).

The UK NEA will help people to make better decisions that impact on the UK’s ecosystems to ensure the long-term sustainable delivery of ecosystem services for the benefit of current and future populations in the UK, thereby addressing the needs set out in Defra’s current Action Plan for Embedding an Ecosystems Approach (2007).

The UK NEA will also support global and regional obligations such as the Convention on Biological Diversity’s call on countries to conduct such assessments and the European Union Water Framework Directive, which encourages the management of ecosystem services.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

http://www.rspb.org.uk/

Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends.

The need for an effective bird conservation organisation has never been greater. Climate change, agricultural intensification, expansion of urban areas and transport infrastructure, and over-exploitation of our seas all pose major threats to birds.

The RSPB could not exist without its supporters and members. Whether you join us, give a donation, purchase items from us or undertake voluntary work, your support is vital to the future of birds and the places where they live.

Facts and figures

  • Over a million members, including over 195,000 youth members.
  • A staff of over 1,300 people and almost 18,000 volunteers.
  • Resources available for charitable purposes in 2010 was £94.7 million.
  • 200 nature reserves covering almost 130,000 hectares, home to 80% of our rarest or most threatened bird species.
  • A UK headquarters, three national offices and nine regional offices.
  • A local network of 175 local groups and more than 110 youth groups.
  • At least 9 volunteers for every paid member of staff.

British Geological Survey

http://www.bgs.ac.uk/home.html

Founded in 1835, the British Geological Survey (BGS) is the world’s oldest national geological survey and the United Kingdom’s premier centre for earth science information and expertise.

As a public sector organisation BGS is responsible for advising the UK government on all aspects of geoscience as well as providing impartial geological advice to industry, academia and the public.

The BGS is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), which is the UK’s main agency for funding and managing research, training, and knowledge exchange in the environmental sciences. The NERC reports to the UK government’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).

We also undertake an extensive programme of overseas research, surveying and monitoring, including major institutional strengthening programmes in the developing world.

Our annual turnover is in the region of £45m, about 50 per cent of which comes from NERC’s Science Budget, with the remainder coming from commissioned research from the public and private sectors. Further details may be found in our Annual Report.

Our headquarters are at Keyworth, near Nottingham, and we have a regional offices at Edinburgh, Wallingford, London and Cardiff. The BGS also has a presence in Belfast through the Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. BGS offices and departments

Wildlife and Countryside Link

http://www.wcl.org.uk/

Bringing voluntary organisations in the UK together to protect and enhance wildlife and landscape and to further the quiet enjoyment and appreciation of the countryside.”

Wildlife and Countryside Link began life as Wildlife Link in 1980. It was set up by Lord Peter Melchett, whose position in the House of Lords convinced him that better co-ordination was needed between voluntary organisations with similar core objectives.

Wildlife Link merged with Countryside Link in 1990, creating the organisation that we have today whose interests span the breadth of wildlife and countryside issues.

In July 2010, Link celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords, hosted by Link’s Vice President, Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer.

At this reception, Link re-launched a brand new version of our review document, Making the Link, with input from right across the Link membership and from our partners and funders including the Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries, Richard Benyon MP.

The publication follows how member organisations, their representatives and Link staff have helped run and develop Link, not as an organisation in its own right, but as a collective, and reflects some of its many achievements over three decades.

Water Conservation/Management Specific:

Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

http://www.wwt.org.uk/

Who we are

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is one of the world’s largest and most respected wetland conservation organisations working globally to safeguard and improve wetlands for wildlife and people.

Founded in the UK in 1946 by the late Sir Peter Scott, today we complement wetland conservation work carried out worldwide with a network of UK visitor centres comprising 2,600 hectares of globally important wetland habitat.

All of our work is supported by a much valued membership base of over 200,000 people.


Our purpose

  • to raise awareness of the value of wetlands to life on Earth.
  • to identify and counter threats to the survival of wetlands and their wildlife.
  • to inspire people to explore and value wetlands, and support wetland conservation.

Our founder

When Sir Peter Scott founded the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in 1946, his ideas were unique.

He was the first to recognise the wisdom of the combined approach of taking action to save wetlands and their wildlife, while encouraging the public to care about the natural world.

He also pioneered the notion that conservation education should be uplifting and fun for people of all ages – that wetlands are places to enjoy as well as to respect.

Sir Peter’s principles remain at the core of WWT’s work and are central to our future plans.

The Rivers Trust

http://www.theriverstrust.org/index.html

The “Association of River Trusts” for England and Wales was launched in 2001 following extensive consultation with existing charitable rivers trusts and other related interests.

The organisation changed it’s name to “The Rivers Trust” on 2nd August 2011

The need for such a body was a logical extension of the increasing level of liaison that had taken place for some time between established rivers trusts. As a result of the demands placed upon, ART was subsequently incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and granted registered charity status by the Charities Commission in 2004.

Rivers trusts now represent catchments across a large part of England and Wales and new ones are continually forming. In addition, a similar movement exists in Scotland, and there is excellent co-operation with the Rivers and Fisheries Trusts of Scotland (RAFTS).

RT Principles, Aims and Objectives
The principles of RT are based on:

  • Consent
  • Subsidiarity – where RT will serve its members
  • Partnership
  • Education and technology transfer

The main aims of RT are, “to co-ordinate, represent and develop the aims and interests of the member Trusts in the promotion of sustainable, holistic and integrated catchment management and sound environmental practices, recognising the wider economic benefits for local communities and the value of education.”

Its objectives are to:

  • Represent and promote the Rivers Trust movement nationally and internationally
  • Develop best practice protocols, within a framework of sound science, partnership, avoiding duplication, consistency and a matrix approach
  • Encourage innovation and the advancement of applied science
  • Facilitate funding and working partnerships between Rivers Trusts and other organisations
  • Guide and assist rivers trusts in making funding applications, either individually or in partnership with others
  • Build capacity and sustainability in the rivers trust movement
  • Form national and international networks to provide collaborative project and development opportunities for rivers trusts
  • Guide and support new rivers trust start-ups
  • Act as a conduit for communication, information exchange and technology transfer through projects, seminars, the web-site and e-newsletters
  • Promote, guide and support good governance and issues of common interest to rivers trusts

RT Seminars & Workshops
Since 2002, RT has run biannual national Seminars and Field Visits in the regions, based on applying best practice and science. These have attracted a wide range of organisations with interests in the sector, as well as existing and emerging rivers and fisheries trusts. The mix of delegates has been particularly satisfying, because it provides a great opportunity for communication, discussion and understanding between the various agencies and others, in a non-confrontational and non-political setting.

Annual Awards
RT believes that there has been some outstanding and innovative work undertaken by many people and organisations involved with rivers and their catchments. As a result, since 2004 it has promoted a prestigious Annual Awards Dinner, “in recognition of excellence and achievement”, to reward contribution to the growing rivers trusts movement and provide funds for related charitable projects.

RT Funding
RT has been fortunate to receive support and assistance from a number of areas to date including the Dulverton Trust, Environment Agency, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Fishmongers’ Company, WWF in partnership with HSBC, Mazars Charitable Trust, Atlantic Salmon Trust, Salmon & Trout Association, Water UK and membership subscriptions. It also successfully bid for EU Interreg IIIC funds under the Union des Terres de Rivieres project, which is a European networking project involving 24 partners in 10 EU countries as well as current projects under Interreg IVC and IVB, Defra funding and ECSDI. See project pages for more details.

RT’s Future
The Rivers Trust movement is a bottom up grassroots development, initiated by a number of different community groups from around the country working independently to form Trusts. The formation of RT is simply a natural response to mature trusts wishing to share information and work more closely together to help others and provide synergy.

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of rivers for wildlife and of managing catchments and their ecosystems as environmental and ecological service providers. RT provides an opportunity to assist, influence and develop this in a positive way. Improving the river corridor and surrounding catchment is a complex process involving Government Departments, its Agencies and many other diverse organisations.

It is clear that there is a need for a voice to act at a national level to complement regional initiatives and to provide a focus for issues of common interest, such as technical protocols and governance. In addition, RT is dedicated to providing guidance to new and emerging trusts on setting up, pulling together and making the best use of the experience of others, and making the best use of limited resources. RT is committed to building capacity in member trusts, thus maintaining its “bottom-up” philosophy, and seeing a growing and vibrant network of “individually motivated” local/regional trusts across the whole of England & Wales, not just in the traditional salmonid areas.

The Rivers Trust provides an important link between the established, and the new and emerging Rivers and Fisheries Trusts. It also provides a forum to develop ideas, Best Practice and policy guidance and test transferability. Furthermore it offers a national platform for regional Trusts to “showcase” their work, allowing them to inform and give enthusiasm to others, giving advice and encouragement and ultimately, empowerment, “thinking globally and acting locally”.

Equally important is for RT to be outward looking in order to learn from the experience and culture of others, particularly in mainland Europe and USA and provide a gateway for future EU and international funding for the direct or indirect benefit of all our rivers trusts.

For further information please contact:
Arlin Rickard (Chief Executive) Email: arlin@theriverstrust.org
Alistair Maltby (Director – North) Email: alistair@theriverstrust.org
Alan Hawken (Secretary) Email: alan@theriverstrust.org

Canal & River Trust

http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/

In an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, the Canal & River Trust’s historic canals and rivers provide a local haven for people and nature. We’re the new charity entrusted with the care of 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

Swans at Mercia Marina
Swans at Mercia Marina by Darren Amphlett

Why is the Canal & River Trust needed?

Just a few steps away from our everyday lives, waterways give us a much-needed space where we can escape. Next to our canals and rivers we can relax and reconnect with ourselves, our environment and the people who matter to us. Our waterway network is a national treasure and the Canal & River Trust is here to ensure that it is protected forever.

Our mission is to inspire as many people as possible to connect with our canals and rivers and we will do this by:

  • Being passionate about what we do
  • Encouraging those with an interest in our work to become part of it
  • Reaching out to those who have yet to discover this national treasure
  • Ensuring our financial security by attracting sustainable income

Shaping our future

We believe that the true potential of our canals and rivers and their long-term survival will only be secured if we fully engage with our visitors, neighbours and business partners. By harnessing their goodwill, energy and expertise, we can widen the enjoyment of our waterways today while protecting them for future generations.

Our trustees believe we can unlock our waterways’ potential using the following six strategies:

  • Ensuring our canals and rivers are open, accessible and safe
  • Inspiring more people to enjoy the canals and rivers and support our work
  • Earning financial security for our canals and rivers
  • Doing everything we can to deliver on our charitable objectives
  • Minimising the impact we make on scarce resources
  • Establishing the Trust as a respected and trusted guardian of our canals and rivers

Our work

The canals and rivers that we look after offer you an authentic, unfenced, ‘no turnstiles’ opportunity to interact with history, wildlife and nature first-hand. It’s a very big job looking after them.

On top of maintaining 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, which are often over 200 years old, we are responsible for an enormous network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs alongside everything else that makes up our wonderful waterways. This takes a huge amount of effort behind the scenes.

From improving towpaths for cyclists and walkers, encouraging biodiversity by installing bat boxes and insect piles to maintaining our locks, bridges and aqueducts, we are constantly working to make our canals and rivers the best they can be, but we can’t do it without your support.

How to get involved

We would love many more people to become involved with the valuable work of the Trust. There are loads of opportunities across England and Wales on our volunteering pages.

There are also ways to help out financially. From supporting an appeal, to taking part in sponsored events, to becoming a Friend, please look at our fundraising pages and discover more about the different ways you can support the Trust.

Case studies

Here are a few examples of how we make the canals and rivers in our care such inspiring places to visit.

Lune Aqueduct, Lancaster CanalOver the past few years the Lune Aqueduct has been at the centre of a £2 million restoration project.

Find out how we’re protecting this magnifient heritage structure and improving the area for both people and nature.

Enhancing the Lune Aqueduct

At the Canal & River trust we’re experts at creating biodiverse habitats for wildlife to thrive.

Find out how the Trust has been working to encourage reed warblers to set up home next to our canals.

Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

http://www.ciwem.org/

Working for the public benefit for a clean, green and sustainable world, CIWEM (The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management) is the only independent, chartered professional body and registered charity with an integrated approach to environmental, social and cultural issues.

  • Supports thousands of members worldwide
  • Powerful evidence-based lobbying force within the UK and abroad
  • Provides training and professional development opportunities
  • Provides a forum for debate through conferences, events and publications
  • Works with governments, international organisations, NGOs, creative organisations and faith groups for a holistic approach to environmental issues
  • Develops partnerships with like minded organisations across the world
  • Supplies independent advice to governments, academics, the media and the general public
  • Brings members from all over the world together under common policy issues
  • Directly inputs into European and UN policy developments
  • Promotes excellence in environmental management through an awards portfolio
  • The first chartered professional body to have its Environmental Management System (EMS) accredited to ISO14001 standard, demonstrating our commitment to continuous improvement

History

CIWEM (Registered Charity no. 1043409 (England & Wales) and SC038212 (Scotland)) has a history of working in environmental management dating back to 1895. In the succeeding decades, engineers, scientists and other professionals came together to combine their expertise across a broad range of environmental disciplines. The present day Institution was formed in 1987 when the Institution of Public Health Engineers merged with the Institution of Water Engineers and Scientists and the Institute of Water Pollution Control to form the Institution of Water and Environmental Management.The Institution was granted a Royal Charter in 1995 and was proud to celebrate its centenary in the same year.

Aims and Objectives

CIWEM’s aims and objectives are enshrined in our Royal Charter and are as follows:

(a) To advance the science and practice of water and environmental management for the public benefit.
(b) To promote education, training, study and research in the said science and practice for the public benefit and to publish the useful results of such research.
(c) To establish and maintain for the public benefit appropriate standards of competence and conduct on the part of members of the Institution.

where ‘water and environmental management’ means the application of engineering, scientific or management knowledge and expertise to the provision of works and services designed to further the beneficial management, conservation and improvement of the environment, in particular in relation to:

(a) environmental management systems;
(b) resource protection, development, use and conservation;
(c) integrated pollution control;
(d) public health, water and sanitation services;
(e) flood defence and land drainage; and associated recreation, amenity and conservation activities

CIWEM’s Vision

As the leading professional body CIWEM sustains the excellence of the people who develop and protect our environment now and for future generations.

CIWEM’s Mission

The Institution’s Mission is to achieve substantial progress towards securing our Vision over the next five years. Each facet of our Vision will be secured through a broad range of activities and performance targets.
a) We will support all governments, agencies, industries and the wider community with the review and development of environmental policy and the goal of sustainable development.

b) We will develop and maintain educational, professional and continuing development standards consistent with the high qualities needed to achieve customer service and sustainable goals.

c) We will provide the opportunity for our members, employers and other stakeholders to demonstrate the quality of their endeavours.

d) Through Policy Position Statements, Information Sheets, publications, a magazine and journal, conference, events and meetings we will disseminate information and best practice essential to effective environmental management practice and stewardship.

e) We will always seek to provide high quality services to support our members, their employers and the communities they serve wherever in the world they are.

f) We will consult widely and act sensitively, encouraging others to join with us and so strengthen and sharpen the focus on the sustainable management of the global environment.

g) We will be an open organisation fostering the widest possible interest in, and understanding of environmental matters. In particular we will:

  • demonstrate leadership in environmental affairs;
  • seek to influence the national and international environmental agenda;
  • be of service to the wider environmental community;
  • develop our brand and corporate identity;
  • be more customer focussed and relevant to all stakeholders;
  • seek to achieve growth in membership from a wider environmental constituency;
  • be welcoming and attractive to existing and potential members;
  • seek to generate more income to support additional and better services;
  • use modern business techniques in the governance of the Institution and sustain a strong asset base;
  • establish and adhere to an Environmental Policy;
  • establish and adhere to an International Policy.

h) We will always seek to consult with members and represent their best interests.

Environmental Management System

CIWEM is running an environmental management system (EMS) to ensure that the environmental impacts of the Institution’s activities are minimised, and that the positive contributions CIWEM makes to environmental management are maximised.  CIWEM’s EMS will be developed over time to eventually cover all aspects of the Institution’s activities.

CIWEM’s Environmental Manual (including CIWEM’s Environmental Policy) sets out how the EMS operates, see page documents.

CIWEM currently measures its performance against a set of Key Performance Indicators.  The latest version of the report is available in page documents.

The River Restoration Centre

http://www.therrc.co.uk/index.php

A national information and advisory centre on all aspects of river restoration and enhancement, and sustainable river management

The River Restoration Centre (RRC) exists to promote, facilitate and support best practice in river, watercourse and floodplain management across the UK. It aims to provide a focal point for the exchange and dissemination of information and expertise relating to river restoration and enhancement. The Centre also provides advice on site-specific technical issues through a network of experienced river restoration practitioners.

The RRC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation formed in 1994 by members drawn from the UK public, private and NGO sectors. The RRC is not a project design or management consultancy and it does not bid or competitively tender for on-site work against commercial consultants or contractors.

The RRC’s Business Plan sets out a high-level framework to guide the delivery of services and the RRC programme of work over the five-year period from 2010 to 2015. The RRC programme is set out around three core areas of activity:

  • Knowledge exchange – on river restoration and management activities;
  • Case specific advice and assessment – of river projects and the ongoing management of rivers;
  • Guidance and mentoring – to inform best practice river management and restoration.

Water UK

http://www.water.org.uk/

Water UK represents all major UK water and wastewater service suppliers at national and European level. We provide a positive framework for the water industry to engage with government, regulators, stakeholder organisations and the public.

Waterwise

http://www.waterwise.org.uk/

water saving water efficiency waterwise water energy conservation Image by Fernando

The key to water efficiency is reducing waste, not restricting use

Who are we?

Waterwise was founded in 2005 and has become the leading authority on water efficiency in the UK and Europe. We are an independent, not for profit organisation, that receives funding from the UK water industry, sponsorship and research projects.

We like to be at the front, leading and supporting innovative efforts to realise our mission; that water will be used wisely, every day, everywhere!

What do we do?

We focus specifically on water efficiency which means we engage with promoting water efficiency at all levels; from corporate boardrooms, community meetings to government offices.

– See more at: http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/about-us.html#sthash.ChAQySfk.dpuf

OFWAT

http://www.ofwat.gov.uk/

Our job is to make sure that your water company provides you with a good quality service at a fair price.

We do this by:

  • keeping bills for consumers as low as possible
  • monitoring and comparing the services the companies provide
  • scrutinising the companies’ costs and investment
  • encouraging competition where this benefits consumers

If a company falls short of what we or customers expect we take the action necessary to protect consumers’ interests, which may include legal steps such as enforcement action and fines.

As the economic regulator of the water industry in England and Wales we work closely with a wide range of other stakeholders. These include the water quality regulators (the Environment Agency and the Drinking Water Inspectorate) and the Consumer Council for Water.

Consumer Council For Water

http://www.ccwater.org.uk/

The Consumer Council for Water (CCWater) Operational Business Plan outlines how we
will deliver our Forward Work Programme during 2012/13. It also sets out what benefits
we will deliver for consumers during the next year, and how our success should be
measured.

Our priority continues to be ensuring that domestic and business consumers get a good,
reliable water and sewerage service from their local water company at a price they find
acceptable and can afford and that any issues and concerns water consumers have are
addressed. We will work with business customers so their needs are understood and
represented on the day to day issues that concern them, and as the proposed water
market reform develops in England.

Based on what water consumers tell us, we will continue to focus on: value for money;
sustainable, safe and good quality tap water; successful delivery of a sewerage system
that works; water companies getting their service right first time; and speaking up for
both business and domestic consumers.

CCWater will change the way it operates during 2012 by adopting a more risk-based
approach. We will focus on issues that bring most benefit to customers. We will only
challenge where we have concerns on behalf of customers.

Our past successes for consumers are sizeable and give us a strong base on which to build
as we move forward in a changing environment. We have directly helped over 94,000
people since we were set up and have secured them more than £13.7 million in
compensation, reduced bills and rebates from water companies. This is on top of the
£135m of additional benefits we have persuaded water companies to give back to
customers, and the contribution we made to the £1bn improvement in price setting in
2009 compared with the last price review in 2004.

Catchment Change Management Hub

http://ccmhub.net/

The CCM Hub is a place where people who are interested in the wellbeing of their local river/s and wider water environment can share understanding and make links across river catchments. It points you in the direction of measures, legislation and practical tools to help improve the quality of all water bodies including ground water, rivers, lakes, estuaries, wetlands and coastal water for the benefit of local people and wildlife.

Our aim for the Hub is to provide a repository and guide to knowledge for planning catchment restoration and mitigation measures to achieve good ecological status in rivers and other water bodies for the benefit of local catchment managers, advisors and interested stakeholders – including local community groups and the general public.

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

http://www.ceh.ac.uk/

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a public-sector research centre – part of theNatural Environment Research Council(NERC) – which delivers independent research, survey, training and knowledge transfer in the environmental sciences to advance knowledge of planet Earth as a complex, interacting system.

We conduct independent mission-driven research in support of NERC’s strategic goals and work in close partnership with the scientific community, government departments and agencies, as well as the private sector.

Located at sites in England, Scotland and Wales, our National Capability and extensive network of long-term monitoring and experimental field sites provide access to diverse ecosystems and support an internationally renowned research capacity.

Our research is aimed at improving understanding of the environment and the processes that support life on Earth. We are particularly interested in the impacts of human activity on the world around us and in developing ready-to-use approaches for achieving environmental sustainability.

Our skills and expertise range from the smallest scale (the gene) to the largest scale (whole Earth systems). Our science tackles the environment in a holistic manner, integrating a wide range of scientific disciplines. This combines basic, applied and strategic research.

In partnership, we are a major custodian of environmental data, including 89 million records of 40,000 species occurring across Britain and Ireland, as well as records of over 50,000 station years of daily and monthly river flow data, derived from more than 1,300 gauging stations throughout the UK.

We are engaged in major international networks, such as the Partnership for European Environmental Research (PEER)and the EurAqua Network of European Freshwater Research Organisations. We also lead European and global research efforts including the International Cooperative Programme on Effects of Air Pollution on Natural Vegetation and Crops and NitroEurope IP.

Our unique combination of cross-cutting scientific expertise, long-term environmental monitoring and state-of-the-art research infrastructure enable us to deliver practicable solutions so that future generations can benefit from a rich and healthy environment.

Relevant Local Organisations

Lancashire Wildlife Trust

http://www.lancswt.org.uk/

Red Squirrel - Darin Smith

Through monitoring and collecting data, we demonstrate an accurate picture of habitats and species that need our protection and we have developed a reputation for our objectivity and knowledge. The Wildlife Trusts campaign for better protection of our precious wildlife and habitats, raising awareness among the public and at government level to wildlife threats is central to our role. We are local wildlife experts, with a national voice and a passion for nature we love to share.

The Trust manages over 2,000 acres of some of the region’s most precious wild places in the form of 37 Nature Reserves and 20 Local Nature Reserves. These provide places where wildlife can thrive and people can relax and enjoy the wealth of our natural heritage.

The Trust monitors all planning applications within its area and makes comments where appropriate on the potential effect of the proposals on nature conservation. It provides advice to landowners, from members of the public to farmers, businesses and local authorities, on how best to manage their land for wildlife. In addition, it works in partnership with key agencies to ensure that the necessary legislation and policies are in place to conserve and enhance the region’s biodiversity.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

http://www.ywt.org.uk/

We are a local charity working for Yorkshire’s wonderful wildlife and local communities.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is part of the influential UK-wide partnership of 47 Wildlife Trusts. The Trust has worked for more than 65 years to protect wildlife and wild places, and educate, influence and empower people. We manage 95 of the best sites and help others to manage theirs. Our work is helping to secure the future of many important habitats and species, which might otherwise be lost.

In only the last few years, the Trust has:

  • Worked tirelessly to secure the future of Yorkshire’s water vole populations, the mammal that the beloved ‘Ratty’ in Wind and the Willows was based on
  • Restored and maintained some of the last remaining lowland heath habitat in Yorkshire
  • Enabled over 600 volunteers to take positive action for their local environment
  • Advised landowners on how to manage their land for wildlife
  • Encouraged communities to protect and enjoy wildlife in their local area; and campaigned successfully for wildlife friendly development
  • Inspired children with natural play and wildlife watching.

We see the future of wildlife conservation as a Living Landscape and a Living Sea – by identifying key areas to protect for wildlife, improving and joining them up across the county in partnership with other landowners we can create an inspiring, accessible landscape which is full of wildlife and rich in opportunities for learning and sustainable economic development.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

http://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is the only voluntary organisation devoted solely to the conservation of the wildlife and wildplaces of Cumbria. The Trust stands up for wildlife, creates wildlife havens, and seeks to raise environmental awareness.

Formed in 1962 and supported by over 15,000 members, the Trust cares for over 40 nature reserves, campaigns for the protection of endangered habitats and species such as limestone pavements and red squirrels, and works with adults and children to discover the importance of the natural world.

Cumbria Wildlife Trust is part of a partnership of 47 local Wildlife Trusts across the UK. With 670,000 members and 2,200 nature reserves, we are the largest UK voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving the full range of the UK’s habitats and species. Visit The Wildife Trusts national website.

Ribble Rivers Trust

http://www.ribbletrust.org.uk/

CATCHMENT

The source of the Ribble is located at Ribblehead in North Yorkshire at the confluence of two streams, Cam Beck and Gayle Beck.  Numerous tributaries subsequently adjoin the Ribble as it flows along its 70 mile journey to the Irish Sea at Preston, resulting in a sizeable river with a catchment area of over 860 square miles.  The estuary itself is among the largest in the UK at over 10 miles wide, and is an important protected site for overwintering sea birds.

river-catchment-map

PURPOSE

The Trust was formed back in 1997 in an attempt to restore the surrounding flora and wildlife to its former glory.  Over the years, industrial and agricultural pollution as well as water abstraction and inadequate sewage treatment have caused severe habitat damage to the Ribble and its tributaries, to such an extent that the wildlife supported by the river has been put under threat.  In recent years, water quality in our urban rivers such as the Calder and Darwen has improved, but the smaller streams of the Ribble and Hodder have deteriorated – the intensity of modern agriculture being the main source of the problem.  Diffuse pollution is particularly damaging to small streams, as even small amounts of pesticides and herbicides can greatly harm wildlife.  It is our mission to protect and enhance the water environments of the Ribble catchment for the benefit of current and future generations.

Our work extends over a catchment of 900 square miles, the majority of which is concentrated on the smaller tributaries and feeder streams as these are the “arteries” of a river and are much more vulnerable to pollution and physical damage.  If these are healthy, the main rivers will be healthy.  However this is no small task as there are a significant number of small tributaries, and very few people realise just how many there are.  The map above shows what the Trust considers to be important tributaries, all of which support various invertebrates, fish, birds and mammal species.

Lancashire Environment Fund

http://www.lancsenvfund.org.uk/

The Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF or the Fund) was set up in 1998 as a not for profit organisation to support community and environmental projects within Lancashire with grants generated by the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) regulated by Entrust. To find out more about LCF visit http://www.entrust.org.uk. Funds are provided by landfill operators SITA UK Ltd and Neales Waste Management and are enhanced by a 10% third party contribution from Lancashire County Council.

The Fund is an equal partnership between SITA UK Ltd, Lancashire County Council, Lancashire Wildlife Trust and Community Futures. Representatives from each organisation serve on the Fund’s Board and Project Assessment Panel to ensure that the best projects throughout the county, which provide environmental, community and social benefits, are supported.

The Fund has allocated over £17m to more than 650 environmental and community projects throughout the county to date.

Action For Sustainable Living

http://www.afsl.org.uk/

AfSL has a unique approach in the drive to encourage sustainable living, combining core values.

Holistic

AfSL covers all sustainability issues because we believe that the journey towards a sustainable lifestyle involves attitudinal change in almost everything we do, as well as behavioural change in specialised areas. As individuals, we don’t divide our lives into energy, food, waste or other compartments. In other words, AfSL starts where the individual is. Nevertheless, AfSL acts as an effective conduit for single issue organisations to get their message across. When Action Groups (see below) on a particular issue are set up we can access expert advice and resources. We broker partnerships with other agencies and services to better support local communities to achieve their goals.

Positive

The news about climate change can appear scary and overwhelming. The problems seem so great that many people instinctively bury their heads in the sand and hope they will go away – or that someone else will take responsibility for sorting them out. This perception is often reinforced by the doom-laden nature of much reporting. For that reason AfSL always emphasises the good news and provides examples of what individuals and groups can achieve. Small steps taken cumulatively can have an enormous impact. In fact, they can change the world.

People-centred

As individuals, we are influenced by what is going on around us: if friends, family and neighbours make changes, we are more likely to do so. AfSL starts where people are. When an individual approaches us with a desire to make a change in one area of their lives, we build on this interest as a springboard to encourage further changes. We build the skills, resources, confidence and employability of local volunteers (many of whom will complete accredited training). Through our involvement people will become more adept at working together and become a voice for local action.

Local

AfSL works with local people to set up and facilitate Action Groups. We encourage and support volunteers in local communities (ward level or smaller) to work on the challenges that they feel most strongly about and to develop the skills and resources to resolve these issues. These are single issue campaigns to raise awareness, run local events, promote local projects (such as car sharing schemes, reducing waste and promoting recycling, tackling fuel poverty and distributing low energy light bulbs). AfSL works with local schools (through our A Few Small Steps service as part of the Sustainable Schools Agenda) to encourage them to become more sustainable and to embed them more firmly in their communities. Our ‘whole school’ approach ensures that, over time, the culture in which pupils, teachers, managers and ancillary staff work will come to embrace and actively promote a sustainable future. We also encourage local initiatives: supporting local shops to supply local and sustainable/ethical products and services (and providing people with local maps of what is available locally). Such enterprises create genuine wealth for the community and develop confidence and self-reliance. Many local activities that start off as voluntary initiatives have the potential to become social enterprises. We aim to support individuals and groups to make that transition.

Lasting change

AfSL is committed to creating stronger communities over time. Our approach allows support on the ground to be maintained, preventing enthusiasm and initiative from leaking away. We offer an innovative and coherent model of service delivery for creating real and lasting change on the ground. Over time changes become irreversible and stimulates yet more steps on the road to a sustainable future.

United Utilities

http://www.unitedutilities.com/default.aspx

United Utilities holds a licence to provide water and sewage services to around seven million people in North West England. These services are carefully regulated – with the water regulator, Ofwat, reviewing our price limits every five years. To show how we put our earnings to work, between 2010-2015 we will be investing more than £3 billion to improve the water and wastewater infrastructure and the environment across the North West, covering:

  • Over 42,000 kilometres of water pipes, from Cumbria to Cheshire
  • Over 76,000 kilometres of sewers
  • 569 wastewater treatment works
  • 94 water treatment works
  • Over 56,000 hectares of catchment land

Since 1990, we’ve made major improvements right across our business, and by investing more than £4,000 for every household in the North West we have:

  • Halved the amount of leakage from our networks, supported by ongoing investment to replace worn-out pipes
  • Helped improve compliance with bathing water standards across the North West which has risen from just over 30% to more than 90%
  • Improved our water quality from 99.6% to over 99.9% – the best it’s ever been

Yorkshire Water

http://www.yorkshirewater.com/

What we doWhat we do

We manage the collection, treatment and distribution of water in Yorkshire, supplying around 1.24 billion litres of drinking water each day – that’s a lot of water.

At the same time we also collect, treat and dispose of about one billion litres of waste water safely back into the environment.

To do this we operate more than 700 water and sewage treatment works and 120 reservoirs. We look after 62,000 miles of water and sewerage mains – enough pipework to circulate the earth!

Our job is to keep the pipes in good working order and continually improve them. We’re currently spending around £750 per household to maintain and upgrade our pipes and works to reduce the risk of bursts, low water pressure, incidents of discolouration, sewer flooding and odour problems – click here to read about our investment plan .

We use water from reservoirs, rivers and boreholes and have a unique water grid system which allows us to move water around Yorkshire to where it’s needed most.Children playing on a beach

But we’re about much more than just water and sewerage services. We’re one of Yorkshire’s largest landowners and have opened a lot of our land for our customers to enjoy. Visit the recreation section to find out more about the places you can visit and download walks, cycle and horseriding routes, as well as podcasts and activities for kids .

As one of Yorkshire’s biggest companies we work closely with local communities. Through our latest community campaign  ‘Hands Up’ we’re creating sustainable gardens and allotments in primary schools across Yorkshire.

Our vision is “Taking responsibility for the water environment for good”. This is to create a common vision that covers all that we do across the whole of the Kelda Group.

We have also developed five supporting ‘values’ which help us to shape the way we behave and make decisions on our way towards this vision.  These values are:

  • We pull together – We work together for a shared vision
  • We plan ahead – We look beyond today’s challenges to create tomorrow’s solutions
  • We can’t do this on our own – We recognise that strong relationships will help us build a better future.
  • We think outside the pipes – We think and act creatively
  • We all make a difference – Each one of us plays an important part in achieving our vision.

Dee Valley Water

http://www.deevalleywater.co.uk/index.php

Dee Valley Water was formed in 1997 with the merger of the former Chester Water Company and Wrexham Water Company. Both of these former companies had roots which stretched back to the middle of the nineteenth century.

Dee Valley Water is a water supply only company and does not deal with the removal of sewerage. Our area of supply covers 831 square kilometres in North East Wales and the North West of England.

We operate eight impounding reservoirs, two river abstractions and two groundwater sources to supply approximately 62 million litres per day to over 258,000 customers.

Water is treated at six treatment works and the water is supplied through a network of 1,940km of water mains, 25 pumping stations and 37 clean water storage reservoirs.

Our primary responsibility is to operate and maintain our network of assets to ensure a safe and reliable supply of drinking water to our customers.

In common with the other 24 water companies in England and Wales, we are regulated by legal statute.

The economic regulator, OFWAT, is responsible for setting price limits that we can apply. It is also responsible for monitoring our performance and uses the data supplied to compare economic and performance levels across the industry.

The regulator responsible for drinking water quality is the Drinking Water Inspectorate which acts on behalf of the National Assembly for Wales in respect of Dee Valley Water.

The Environment Agency oversees our environmental performance, in particular it regulates the abstraction of water from our sources.

Every year each of the regulators publishes reports, which compare our performance against national standards covering water quality, levels of service and availability of resources and other parameters.

Peel Ports

http://peelports.co.uk/

Peel Ports is a unique network of strategically situated ports, terminals, hubs, shipping lines and state-of-the-art services. One that connects the UK and Ireland, to Europe and the rest of the world.

In every market sector, with every commodity, our impact is felt. Whether it’s renewable energy helping to power the nation. Whether it’s the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the raw materials or the finished products. It’s not just about transport, it’s about logistics. It’s not just about today. It’s about tomorrow.

That’s why Peel Ports is More than Ports.

Liverpool 2

http://www.liverpool2.com/

The new deepwater Container Terminal at the Port of Liverpool.

Liverpool2 is the new deepwater container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. Costing in excess of £300m to build, it is the key project in a much wider scheme being developed by Peel Ports that will transform the way logistics work in the British Isles.

At present, 90% of deep sea cargo enters the UK via the South, despite 50% of the UK container market actually being closer to Liverpool. With an increasing onus on reducing carbon emissions, as well as cutting the costs of global supply chains, it’s clear that the current UK model simply isn’t sustainable.

The construction of Liverpool2 will significantly increase the size of container vessel the Port of Liverpool can handle, transforming global supply routes and once again allowing direct services from around the world to call at the Port of Liverpool. The new terminal will more than double the container handling capacity of the port.

Liverpool2 and the Manchester Ship Canal 

Key to our vision will be the relationship between the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal, operating under a single management team for the first time in their histories.

The unique logistics platform created by the combination of Liverpool2, the Port of Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal will offer the best port-centric facilities combined with a population-centric location, creating a truly unique logistics opportunity.

Based in the UK’s manufacturing and consumption heartland, this logistics platform will deliver significant cost, carbon and congestion benefits to global supply chains by bringing together all three modes of transport including road, rail and – uniquely for the UK – inland waterways.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

http://www.agma.gov.uk/

The Greater Manchester Strategy, Stronger Together, is the sustainable community strategy for the Greater Manchester city region.
Our vision for Greater Manchester is that by 2020, the city region will have pioneered a new model for sustainable economic growth based around a more connected, talented and greener city region, where all our residents are able to contribute to and benefit from sustained prosperity and a good quality of life.
To achieve these ambitions, the Strategy sets out a programme of vigorous collective action based on reforming public services and driving sustainable economic growth to deliver prosperity for all.
The GM Strategy will guide the work of the GMCA and the GM Local Enterprise Partnership going forward and sets the broad objectives for other Greater Manchester bodies, such as Transport for Greater Manchester, the Low Carbon Hub and other key partnerships.  It will also help inform wider public policy across the city region.
A draft version drawing on the 2009 Strategy benefitted from a public consultation exercise held in summer 2013 and a final version was formally approved by the GMCA and the GM Local Enterprise Partnership in November 2013.

This will continue to evolve throughout the process of this project, however, I feel I have made a productive start in establishing various institutions that could act as a reference or possibly as contacts for numerous aspects of my intended narrative.

Through consideration of potential locations and refining my knowledge of current freshwater issues and ecology, will become more concentrated. For now, I will continue my research.

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