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The Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: Day 1 - Session 3


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The Partnership approach & assessing the benefits of catchment management. 12th & 13th September 2016 at the Rougemont Hotel, Exeter. Following the decision to leave the EU the need to come together to tackle the complex environmental problems we face such as diffuse pollution and habitat fragmentation has never been greater. This conference sets out the benefits and drawbacks of partnership working and the effectiveness of dealing with problems at a catchment scale.

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The Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: Day 1 - Session 3

  1. 1. Chaired by Arlin Rickard
  2. 2. #RTConf16 Deputy Director for Water Quality Defra
  3. 3. #RTConf16 Chair of Natural Devon Devon Local Nature Partnership
  4. 4. The LNP approach Sue Goodfellow Chair, Natural Devon Rivers Trust Autumn Conference 12th September 2016
  5. 5. • Partnerships of a broad range of local organisations, businesses and people who aim to bring about improvements in their local natural environment • Set up in the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper • Expected to work alongside Local Enterprise Partnerships and Health and Wellbeing Boards • Natural Devon set up in 2012 What are Local Nature Partnerships?
  6. 6. Our quality of life is generally high. However Devon faces a number of challenges: • Population growth • Economy (low wages / seasonal employment) • Climate change • Continued impacts on our wildlife and habitats • A complex world of organisations, sectors, funding, priorities……. Why is Natural Devon needed?
  7. 7. Complexity Exeter University Schools Community Council of Devon South West Water Developers Active Devon Farmers Natural England Devon Wildlife Trust RSPB AONBs National Trust GPs Public Health Local Authorities Forestry CommissionEnvironment Agency Marine Management Organisation West Country Rivers Trust Businesses Forestry sector Fishermen Plymouth University Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Gov deps FWAG SW
  8. 8. To maximise collaboration between all relevant organisations, partnerships and individuals in order to: ensure that a healthy natural environment underpins a high quality of life across (..Devon) with a strong green economy and healthy communities Our purposes
  9. 9. Three aims and seven priorities have been agreed following wide consultation Aims: 1. To protect and improve Devon’s natural environment 2. To grow Devon’s green economy 3. To reconnect Devon’s people with nature Aims of Natural Devon: our prospectus
  10. 10. Seven Themes ‘Naturally Healthy’ ‘Green Connections’ ‘Outdoor Learning’ ‘Farming with Nature’ ‘Wood for Good’ ‘Resilient wetlands’ ‘Sustainable Seas’
  11. 11. • Board – Represents the wide range of sectors, provides leadership (independent Chair) • Executive Group - Supports the Board (15 officers plus secretariat) • Forum - open to anyone with an interest in securing the benefits of a healthy natural environment (currently 500 members) • Coordinator - Sarah Jennings, Devon County Council Natural Devon structure
  12. 12. LNPs are umbrella partnerships which work to: • Improve communication and awareness • Forge links • Provide a common evidence base • Champion priorities • Speak with one voice and influence decisions • Help to unlock resources Adding value…
  13. 13. Influencing decisions… • LEP’s strategies and structures • Countryside Stewardship grant criteria • Funding bids • Bringing sectors together to share ideas and actions • Local input to national initiatives e.g. Defra’s 25 yr. environment plan, National Growth Board, Terrestrial Biodiversity Group How LNPs can make a difference
  14. 14. Providing the right evidence… • Nature Maps • ‘Reconnecting people with Nature’ • ‘Green economy scoping report’ • ‘State of Devon’s Nature’ • ‘State of Devon’s environment’ • ‘Economic benefits of the environment’ • ‘Improving Engagement with our Natural Environment: Behaviour Change Scoping Report’
  15. 15. Forging links / combining funds… • Health and environment • Outdoor education - schools projects, educators conference, networking • Sustainable Seas – workshops/action plan • Forestry, energy and environment sectors - wood fuel project • Economy and environment - strong links with LEP • Green infrastructure – multiple benefit approach .
  16. 16. Improving communication… • Websites as information hubs – • Networking - Conferences, lectures, newsletters • Cross-sector working groups • Partnership working e.g. with LEPs/ESIF, educators, communities, NGOs .
  17. 17. . Partnership activities…. • Strategic policy input • Farming and environment workshops • Ash dieback conference • Naturally Healthy Month May • Pollinator Month July • Collating input to devolution debate • Priority pipeline of cross-sector projects for funding to LEP/ESIF
  18. 18. Getting out into the natural world is good fun and great for our health! 77 varied events . Naturally Healthy Month 2016
  19. 19. . Actions for Pollinators.. • Plant bee-friendly flowers to provide nectar and pollen. • Create and protect meadows and other areas rich in wild flowers. • Don’t be too tidy. Leave areas to grow wild and build a ‘bug hotel’ in your garden. • Think carefully about whether to use pesticides. Only use them if absolutely necessary. • Join up and learn more! Pollinator Month - July over 60 events
  20. 20. Catchment management issues.. …include • pollution of water courses, bathing waters and shell fisheries • barriers to fish movement • serious flooding events
  21. 21. ‘Devon’s wetlands and watercourses provide resilience to flooding and drought, healthy fisheries and wildlife habitats, fantastic recreational opportunities and a clean water supply’ Natural Devon’s Vision for Resilient Wetlands
  22. 22. . What Natural Devon will do.. • Encourage joined-up, catchment approaches to management of the water environment in order to achieve multiple benefits • Champion continued and innovative investment in the water environment, building on the Upstream Thinking approach
  23. 23. . Shared objectives What success looks like… • Productive freshwater fisheries and shell fisheries • Human communities protected from flooding • An increase in the area and quality of wetlands for wildlife • Better quality wetlands, rivers and bathing waters
  24. 24. A partnership approach to catchment management – integrating landscapes and people… . Joining it up….how can Natural Devon help? Sharing information? Funding bids? Support for agri- environment?
  25. 25. . Finding out more.. @Devon_LNP
  26. 26. #RTConf16 Chair of the environment sub-group South West Flood and Coastal Committee
  27. 27. South West Regional Flood & Coastal Committee Environment Sub Group - Partnership Project Approach Adam Slater
  28. 28. My experience to date
  29. 29. Report Findings • Catalyst role – what’s missing • Environmental scrutiny of capital applications at SWRFCC • Annual high level review of 6 year Government departmental and key investment programmes – looking for integration opportunities • Engagement in the new 25 year catchment plans • Need to improve wider understanding of funding opportunities. • Targeted catchment specific activity in key catchments • Catchment specific workshops
  30. 30. Lessons learnt - work in progress • Real opportunities to improve environmental quality, flood resilience & bathing water quality through a more integrated approach • Significant opportunities for improvements to benefit SWW over and above their financial commitment to a catchment project • Key catchments need to be worked up into programmes of work • Key engagement in the 25 year Catchment Plans – Letwin Review • Ongoing stimulus needed to embed this activity / culture • Wider engagement & commitment of key players is necessary • Need for better community engagement – scheme knowledge • Catchment prioritisation – demonstrate need • Natural processes integral to safeguarding homes within Devon and Cornwall
  31. 31. #RTConf16 Deputy Director of Operations, Devon Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Environment Agency
  32. 32. Improving River Ecology through partnership, evidence & data sharing Alan Burrows, Deputy Director
  33. 33. Catchments
  34. 34. Government Policy
  35. 35. Partnerships Be curious. Create networks. Build relations Seek partnership. Share ideas and data. Tell stories Alan Burrows, Deputy Director
  36. 36. Alan Burrows, Deputy Director
  37. 37. Home page
  38. 38. Search results Alan Burrows, Deputy Director
  39. 39. Search results – toggling catchments on and off 1. Click the drop down arrow on the map filter control 2. Use the check boxes to toggle the different catchment layers on and off **Useful on the search results and RDB pages** Alan Burrows, Deputy Director
  40. 40. #RTConf16 Coordinator Devon Maritime Forum
  41. 41. Catchment Management: A Marine and Coastal Perspective Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Dr. Steven Guilbert – Devon Maritime Forum
  42. 42. 1. Brief introduction to the Devon Maritime Forum 2. The value and necessity of integrated source-to- sea management and partnership working 3. Challenges and Opportunities for cross- boundary, partnership working Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter
  43. 43. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter • Approx 50 coastal partnerships nationwide • 800 individual members representing 250 organisations • Strategic partnership for all marine and coastal stakeholders • Vision: to provide an inclusive, integrated and balanced forum
  44. 44. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter • Simple notion…but challenging and critical task…bringing people together! • DMF uniquely placed at the centre of a large marine and coastal network • Our key role ‘the neutral and informed facilitator’ What We Do
  45. 45. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Core Services a.) Facilitating Engagement • Providing a single, central point of contact • Providing a platform for cross-sectoral dialogue and discussion • Facilitating consensus building and conflict resolution • Providing channels for local ↔ regional ↔ national engagement • Offering unique networking opportunities b.) Representation • Canvasing and collating membership opinion/comment, experiences/knowledge • Summarising and documenting viewpoints and issues • Promulgating and presenting your views at regional and national levels • Informing and shaping debates, decision-making and policy development • Representing and championing the views of the Forum to the wider public c.) Information and Communication • Horizon scanning to identify new policies and future issues of relevance to Forum members • Summarising, translating, and briefing members on current legislation and policies • Providing strategic overviews of the impacts and application of new legislation • Updating members on the latest news and issues across the maritime sector • Providing a central information service managing and responding to requests from all sectors • Project development, management and delivery (e.g. The ERDF funded VALMER project) • Workshop/seminar organisation and facilitation services (e.g. MMO South Marine Plan stakeholder engagement workshops) • Public and community engagement events organisation • Communication strategy development Consultancy Services
  46. 46. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Current Key Issues
  47. 47. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Integrated Source-to-Sea Management E. Maltby, 2009
  48. 48. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Marine Strategy Framework Directive • More or less commensurate with WFD • Applies to marine and coastal waters (excl. estuarine or transitional waters) • Requires member states to achieve Good Environmental Status for their seas by 2020 • GE[n]S defined according to 11 qualitative descriptors • Programme of Measures to achieve or maintain GES needs to established and implemented by 2016
  49. 49. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter MSFD – GES Qualitative Descriptors 1. Biological diversity (PoM includes reference to WFD) 2. Non-indigenous species (PoM includes RBMPs) 3. Fish and shellfish populations 4. Marine food-webs (PoM includes reference to WFD) 5. Human eutrophication (PoM includes RBMPs as primary measure) 6. Seafloor integrity (PoM includes RBMPs) 7. Hydrography (PoM includes RBMPs) 8. Contaminants (General) (PoM includes RBMPs as primary measure) 9. Contaminants (Fish/Shellfish) (PoM includes RBMPs) 10. Marine litter (PoM includes RBMPs) 11. Energy (Noise) Marine Strategy Part 3: UK Programme of Measures, (Defra, 2015)
  50. 50. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Source-to-Sea Partnership Working: Opportunities 1. Replaces silo thinking; supports a joined up approach to funding; allows a cross- boundary ‘systems’ scale approach leading to holistic solutions 2. Pools knowledge and resources; can increases efficiencies and cost- effectiveness; potential to integrate policy and practice across government institutions. 3. Opportunity to address broader issues, and bring together the widest possible range of interested parties , with different perspectives and expertise
  51. 51. Rivers Trust Autumn Conference: 12th-13th Sept. 2016, Exeter Source-to-Sea Partnership Working: Challenges 1. Government needs to be more joined up within and between departments to enhance links between environment and economy. 2. Current lack of detailed knowledge concerning the interactions between terrestrial and marine systems needs to be addressed through further research. 3. Promoting the application of ecosystem services/natural capital approach will help develop broader scale thinking about the environment.
  52. 52. #RTConf16 12th & 13th September 2016 Rougemont Hotel, Exeter