The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA)
A catchment is the area of land that drains into a waterbody. Only by working at a catchment scale can we tackle the issues that threaten our water courses.
The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) brings together communities, charities, water companies, local authorities, government agencies, landowners, angling clubs, academia and local businesses to work collaboratively to improve our water courses.
By working together across catchments we aim to:
- Understand the issues in the catchment and how they interact.
- Understand how the issues are affecting the current local benefits and future uses of water.
- Involve local people, communities, organisations and businesses in making decisions by sharing evidence.
- Work out what issues to tackle as a priority.
- Build towards a ‘catchment plan’, a simple statement of options to protect and improve the catchment.
Many plans and reports have already been produced over the years – we aim to identify them, to distil the recommendations and to use them to form the basis of a truly integrated catchment plan that can adapt and evolve over time in response to the changing needs of the river systems and their users. To do this, we need help and guidance from a wide range of people and organisations. We are just at the start of this process – keep up to date with our meetings and projects.