Catchment management groups in England and Wales: extent, roles and influences

Cook, Hadrian, Benson, David, Inman, Alex, Jordan, Andrew ORCID: and Smith, Laurence (2011) Catchment management groups in England and Wales: extent, roles and influences. Water and Environment Journal, 26 (1). pp. 47-55. ISSN 1747-6593

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Abstract Both nonstatutory community-based catchment management groups and existing statutory groups seek effective environmental management characterised by public participation, collaborative working and decentralised modes of assessment, planning and decision making. The characteristics and challenges of catchment management for water resources and protection of water quality require such approaches, and an expansion of both community-based and state-led initiatives has been evident in the United Kingdom. Available information about these developments is, however, limited and this paper reports survey findings of such initiatives, providing a mid-to-late 2009 ‘snapshot’ of the situation in England and Wales. Catchment management groups are profiled in terms of size, organisational structure, membership, financing, technology transfer, policy influence and other outcomes. The results are interpreted with reference to a growing international literature, the potential sustainability, effectiveness and impact of groups and environmental governance challenges, including those posed by the European Union Water Framework Directive.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Depositing User: Rhiannon Harvey
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2023 09:30
DOI: 10.1111/j.1747-6593.2011.00262.x

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