Adur & Ouse PartnershipWorking in partnership to deliver improvements
Back in 2011 Defra began a pilot catchment initiative which was aimed at developing partnership working between organisations to undertake projects, avoid duplication of effort and form new engagement techniques in an effort to meet the objectives of the Water Framework Directive. The Adur & Ouse catchment was fortunate in being chosen as one of the original 10 pilots schemes originally “hosted” by the Environment Agency. The aims and objectives of this group are wide spanning across surface water and groundwater as well as freshwater, intertidal and marine habitats. However, the focus has been, from the very beginning, to share knowledge and evidence from across the catchment which allows shared goals and opportunities to be highlighted, leading to partnership actions across the catchment in order to improve the water environment as a whole. By the end of 2012 a wide range of organisations had joined the partnership and a Catchment Management Plan had been created, which was the objective of the pilot catchment project.
As the partnership has developed OART have become the “host” organisation with the responsibility for championing partnership working, generating and maintaining interested organisations and companies and to ensure that the group works to deliver Defra’s policy framework on integrated catchment management. We undertake quarterly meetings with the steering group to discuss progress and develop ideas.
Whilst those who were involved in the development of the original Catchment Management Plan are still involved the partnership is set up to include any organisation or business which is willing and able to contribute to the overall aims of the partnership whilst working in a collaborative manner.
The Ouse & Adur Rivers Trust is proud to be the current hosts of the group and enjoy working alongside a wide range of government organisations as well as NGOs and private business. For more information on the partnership and its work click here.