Businesses – from farmers and manufacturers to suppliers and retailers – are exposed to the same water challenges as communities and ecosystems: too much or too little water, pollution, and certainty of supply.
The WaterLIFE project, which ran from 2014 to 2017, sought to tackle some of the big issues hindering our rivers being classed as healthy, such as over-abstraction, pollution and unsustainable management.
Case Study for the Tamar Citizen Science Investigations (CSI) project, aimed to encourage local interest groups, residents and communities to engage with their local river catchment and become actively involved in its environmental protection.
Invasive species such as Giant Hogweed, Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam, pose a serious threat to our natural heritage by out-competing native species. They can out-compete because the natural checks and balances (e.g. predation) which native species are subject to do not affect non-native species.
Within Gloucestershire, the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG) and the Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI) at the University of Gloucestershire have developed an integrated local delivery (ILD) framework, implemented in a range of situations, that enables those with local skills and environmental land management knowledge to contribute to the management of sensitive and key environmental sites.
Towards Hydrocitizenship joins a growing body of academic and policy initiatives which seek to address local hydrospheres (interconnected water flows and exchanges) holistically, in ways which address these interdependent issues on catchment and systems based scales.
Demonstration Test Catchments (DTC) is a UK government-funded project designed to provide robust evidence regarding how diffuse pollution from agriculture can be cost-effectively controlled to improve and maintain water quality in rural river catchment areas.