Thursday, 11 July 2013

Broads wider catchment area catch up to help solve issues

By Andrea Kelly, Senior Ecologist

A workshop to pinpoint possible solutions to issues in the wider area around the Broads attracted more than 60 delegates on Wednesday.

Hosted by the Broadland Catchment Area Partnership and held at the Assembly House in Norwich this workshop was the second in a series of three.

It focused on issues such as diffuse pollution, water abstraction and invasive species, with participants looking at evidence, how well this is understood and what more is required at this stage.

A survey sent out to delegates prior to the workshop collated the understanding of some of the evidence to date, putting this together in 50 statements about things that characterise the water environment and its benefits to people.

The statements outlined issues like nutrient levels in rivers and ground water, access and recreation and change in species and habitats. These were then looked at in more detail to improve the understanding of what evidence exists behind them.

Participants included a good balance of farmers, public and third sector organisations working on biodiversity and water matters, water company, rivers trusts and recreational interests.

The actions coming from the workshop will be collated and shared. These are likely include the need for improved communication to key audiences to increase awareness and understanding of the issues and prepare for informing the actions for the Broadland Catchment Partnership which will be discussed at the next workshop in October.

You can find out more about the Broadland Catchment Partnership here.

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