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Landscapes for Life - Conference 2013 - East of England. 16th - 18th July 2013

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    Addressing the challenges – tapping the energy of the public - Geoff Doggett, River Waveney Trust, Chairman Addressing the challenges – tapping the energy of the public - Geoff Doggett, River Waveney Trust, Chairman Presentation Transcript

    • AONB Conference Ipswich 18 July 2013
    • Who are we?  A charitable trust formed in 2012  Part of Rivers Trust movement  Now 442 members in 5 local groups with local co-ordinators running local projects  Growing by 20 members a month – soon 500
    • Who does what?  7 charity trustees manage assets and finances including fundraising. Includes property leases and searching for riparian pockets to improve public access to the Waveney.  Members Association manages projects and working parties via local groups.
    • What have we done?  River clean up  Habitat improvements  Rush harvesting project  Maintaining and improving pocket parks with local parishes  Acquired old Otter Trust site – repurposing as River Waveney Study Centre  Started catchment plan for Waveney- the serious stuff!
    • Lots of work to be done  Keep river clean of litter.  Reduce high phosphate levels (farms & residents).  Reduce diffuse pollution (farms and roads).  Eradicate invasive species (flora & fauna).  Improve geomorphology (flows, riffles etc.).  Eel reintroduction.  Better habitats for all esp. inverts and fish.  Educate and inform. And enjoy!
    • The essentials of public engagement AIDA Awareness Interest Decision Action
    • Volunteering  The “please and thank you” industry  Localism really matters – we all love our local community and environs  Tell it like it is – honesty & realism  Manage professionally  Appeal to the citizen scientist
    • And finally…..  Challenge the incumbent authorities; they are in real need of community actors right now and Gov policy is moving in favour of community groups: Passion and Practicality versus Policy and Process  Use Community Right to Bid legislation (2011)  Become the Eyes & Ears of the locality Enjoy! We do!