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DTC 2013 Conference Alert: Preliminary results from the DTC Research Platform

Demonstrating Test Catchments

January 21st and 22nd 2013

Mary Sumner House, Meeting Rooms

24 Tufton St, London SW1P 3RB

This two day conference and seminar event will offer the opportunity for policy makers, delivery agencies, land and water managers and catchment managers to learn about the catchment scale water quality and land management research currently underway in the Defra-funded Demonstration Test Catchments research platform.

Day one (10-5 pm) –DTC the Last Two Years  – will provide an overview of the catchment scale research and examples of the lessons learned so far, with opportunities for questions, discussion and accessing further details throughout. It will be structured into 4 sections:

  • Understanding the problem
  • Implementing Measures
  • Acceptance and take-up
  • Evaluating success

Day two (10- 1 pm) – DTC the Next Two Years – will provide an opportunity for more in-depth discussions led by Defra and the EA between the science research teams and stakeholders concerned with water quality.  The intention is to develop a dialogue and help guide future work in the DTC (and related) research platforms in the context of the existing and emerging policy approaches and delivery challenges in:

  • Designing water quality monitoring approaches
  • Engaging stakeholders in decision-making at catchment scales
  • Understanding diffuse pollution risk: what does DTC research tell us about the spatial and temporal factors at play in the mobilisation, transport and impact of diffuse pollution?
  • Planning and implementing diffuse pollution mitigation measures
  • Analysis of farm practice data from baseline surveys – what does it tell us about farming/farm advisory services/ the culture of farming and future farm security
  • Decision support tools and water quality modelling – future needs

The workshop is free but numbers are limited so please contact Bob Harris at to register and for further details.

Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy Conference and Exhibition

Govtoday presents Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy Conference and Exhibition, which will be held on the 12th June 2012 at the prestigious Brewery Conference Centre, London.

Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy will examine the first White Paper for over 20 years on the Natural Environment. ‘The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature’ was launched on the 7th June 2011 by the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Caroline Spelman MP, and placed the value of nature at the centre of choices that the nation must take.

Natural Environment 2012: Balancing Nature, Society and the Economy Conference and Exhibition will examine the Government’s proposals, debate the methodology and question the actions to protect the environment for future generations. It will look at strengthening the economy in a environmentally sustainable way to improve quality of life and well-being, and will highlight the requirements for industry participation, as well as the pivotal role that this sector will play in the meeting of targets.

For further information go to

To book your place please call 0161 238 8881 or email  quoting ref CAM6



The JBA Trust will be hosting a workshop on river restoration at the University of Gloucestershire on 10th and 11th of May 2012. This event will cover important restoration opportunities linked to the Defra Catchment Restoration Fund and will cover obstruction removal/modification, river and floodplain reconnection, urban channel restoration and river naturalisation.

For further information about the workshop please follow this link to the JBA website.

Dublin Conference to Outline ‘Rivers’ Policy

Irish  Farming Independent  30th August 2011

The  three-day international conference “Catchment Science 2011” has been launched  by Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney.

The conference will be in the Mansion House, Dublin, on September 14-16 and  is aimed at scientists, policy makers, farmers and land managers. It is jointly hosted by Teagasc, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the  Marine and the UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

There are six catchments in the Agricultural Catchments Programme, which is  based on a partnership with farmers and other stakeholders, and aims to support  productive agriculture while protecting water quality. The programme integrates advice and research and operates in small river  catchments of 600-2,500ha. mThe programme, funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine  and run by Teagasc, is implemented by a team of researchers, advisers and  technicians working closely with farmers.

The advisers provide an intensive advisory and planning service to farmers in  the catchments to improve the profitability of the farms and help the farmers to  implement the Good Agricultural Practice measures contained in the National  Action Programme.

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