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The River Douglas Catchment Partnership, hosted by Groundwork Lancashire West & Wigan, is funded by Defra and is a 'Catchment Based Approach' (CaBA).

But what is the CaBA and why is it important?

There are 93 catchments in England and the River Douglas is one of them. In a nutshell, a catchment is an area with several, usually interconnected, water bodies comprising of rivers, lakes, groundwater and in some cases coastal waters. It has been acknowledged at a
Government level that many of the problems facing our water environments are better tackled in partnership at this local level.

The following aims and objectives outline what needs to be achieved over the forthcoming months and Groundwork Lancashire West and Wigan are looking forward to working with our established partners (and those we are yet to engage) to improve the health of our local
water environments throughout the River Douglas Catchment.

To bring the right stakeholders together to create a focused, sustainable and collective Action Plan which will ensure that the water environment within the River Douglas Catchment is improved into the future.

Key Objectives (until March 31st 2014)
  • An agreed commitment from stakeholders to consider the above aim when planning and carrying out physical work, activities and community engagement within the Douglas Catchment area.
  • Development of an agreed set of shared key priorities which will act as drivers to increase awareness of the CaBA and improve water quality across the catchment.
  • Development of a set of ‘packaged projects’ which deliver on key priorities.
  • Identification of funding opportunities to create a sustainable legacy for the CaBA
  • Development of targeted PR campaigns which raise awareness to local communities and business about the CaBA including the essential role that everyone could play in improving our water environment.
  • Partnership working with other River Catchment Hosts across the North West of England to share best practise and build resilient delivery models which cross boundaries.
  • Timely sharing of knowledge, best practise and information between all Douglas CaBA member stakeholders to ensure that the action plan is coordinated.
  • Effective and timely sharing of knowledge and engagement opportunities with local communities and special interest groups with a focus on empowering young people as ambassadors for change.
  • Promotion of the @DouglasPilot twitter feed as the ‘hub’ for public engagement with news about the River Douglas and its associated waterways.
  • Collective River Douglas Stakeholder Group response to the North West River Basin District: Challenges and Choices Consultation by 22nd December 2013.
  • An agreed commitment for stakeholders to respond collectively to any future CaBA related public consultations.
  • Identification of organisations, business, communities that are not yet engaged in or aware of the River Douglas CaBA with the key aim of increasing audiences to learn, understand and engage in shaping the future of our waterways.
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the River Douglas Partnership to ensure that the overarching aims and objectives are met.