The Government has adopted a catchment-based approach to the management of the country’s fresh water and transitional water bodies.
Waterbodies, and their environmental issues, are notorious for ignoring human boundaries. What is done upstream affects everything downstream, which may be in other boroughs, towns, or even countries. The UK has adopted a “catchment-scale” approach, pulling together agencies from across a geographic area, to managing riparian issues, integrating land and water management in a sustainable way to balance environmental, economic and social demands.
Catchment Partnerships now regularly meet across the country, bringing together community groups, water companies, environmental charities, and governmental bodies.
There are more than 100 catchments across the country. Thames21 is involved in all 12 London catchments, hosting or co-hosting seven of them. A dozen catchments in the capital form the Catchment Partnerships in London group.