Catchment Based Approach

Managing water, its interaction with the surrounding land and the services provided by each, has traditionally involved unconnected, often conflicting delivery frameworks implemented at an artificial scale considered inappropriate for effective environmental protection (e.g. political boundaries). The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) empowers management of our local environment at a more meaningful hydrological “catchment” scale, allowing local communities to become actively engaged.

CaBA Diagram

Engagement and collaboration (local decision making and action) sit at the heart of CaBA. Collaborative working describes the approach to be taken at the river catchment or local and sub catchment scale. How this is organised will depend on priorities for the catchment, the organisations and stakeholders involved, and on existing initiatives.

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