CaBA Overview

The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) embeds collaborative working at a river catchment scale to deliver cross-cutting improvements to our water environments.

Community partnerships, bringing local knowledge and expertise, are active in each of the 100+ Water Framework Directive catchments across England, including those cross-border with Wales. More than 1500 organisations are engaged with CaBA nationwide including NGOs, Water Companies, Local Authorities, Government Agencies, Landowners, Angling Clubs, Farmer Representative Bodies, Academia and Local Businesses.

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The partnerships drive cost-effective practical delivery on the ground, resulting in multiple benefits including improvements to water quality, enhanced biodiversity, reduced flood risk, resilience to climate change and greater community engagement with their local river. They provide a catalyst to attract additional funds and to date some have levered up to 8 times the initial investment.

In 2017, it was reported that for every £1 directly invested by Government, CaBA partnerships raised £8.63 from non-governmental funders. Read the Executive Summary here or the full 2017 report on the benefits of Catchment Partnerships here, or see the infographic below. 

CaBA Review 2017 Exec Summary v4


Read more about Defra's Policy Framework behind the Catchment Based Approach.






The Catchment-Based Approach website is designed to showcase the work of catchment partnerships aross England and Wales and to encourage the sharing and adoption of best practice in stakeholder-led catchment managment planning, delivery and evaluation.


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