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Centre of Expertise for Water: Diffuse Pollution Management

The James Hutton Institute and University of Stirling have teamed up to deliver a capacity-building project focused on diffuse pollution management in the Scottish Priority Catchments. The programme, funded by the Scottish Government Centre of Expertise for Water (CREW), combines a series of Knowledge Exchange workshops, farmer focus group meetings and field excursions centred on emerging knowledge, uptake, and evidence linked to a range of catchment mitigation and management options. The JHI-Stirling team are collectively identifying, with stakeholders, appropriate strategies to monitor Scottish Diffuse Pollution Monitored Catchments (Lunan and Cessnock) and exploring how to prioritise mitigation measures according to cost and efficiency for the Scottish priority catchments. A workshop report held in November 2011 on the strategies to assess the effectiveness of diffuse pollution mitigation policy in Scotland is now available. More information about this project and upcoming events is available on the CREW  webpages and at

Catchment Sensitive Farming Evaluation

Evaluation is a core part of the Catchment Sensitive Farming (CSF) project: essential for assessing delivery of objectives and benefits.

The results of the CSF evaluation are outlined in a high level summary report: (149kb) and a detailed Phase 1 & 2 Evaluation Report: (5.92mb) .

Please contact Phil Smith, CSF Evidence Manager, at for further information.

Non-monetary and participatory valuation

Participatory and deliberative techniques (PDTs) are tools available to unlock stakeholder values, experiences and insights about the management of ecosystem services across the whole decision making cycle.

General guidelines:

These guidelines provide an introduction to PDTs and are designed for decision makers involved in policy making and delivery.

Supplementary guidelines:

This supplementary guide has been written for policy makers and an analytical audience including economists and social researchers.

Catchment conference explores managing agriculture for economic and environmental benefits

Phil Haygarth (LEC), Phil Jordan (Taegasc) and Bob Harris (Defra)  co-organised a successful 3 day international Conference ‘Catchment Science 2011’ at the Mansion House, Dublin (14-16th September).

The event, jointly hosted by the Irish Agricultural Catchments Programme  (Teagasc/DAFF) and the UK Demonstration Test Catchment Project (Defra/EA)  brought together scientists, policy makers, farmers and land managers to explore  how agricultural catchments can be managed for both economic and environmental  objectives.

This question was explored in four themes:

1) Scale issues – networks, observatories and farms. What works best for which stakeholders?

2) Catchment uncertainty – empirical and modelling experiences; uncertainties in science & policy

3) Counting the cost – socio-economic implications of catchment-scale agri environmental measures

4) Case Studies – examples of environmental mitigation policies and evaluation science; future challenges

Simon Coveney TD, Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Environment announced a further 4 years funding for the Irish catchments programme . Minister Coveney said he was “delighted to announce that the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine will continue to fund this important Programme over a second 4 year period from 2012 to 2015. This will allow the Programme to continue to build a body of scientific evidence, over several years, which will make an important contribution to the ongoing development of sound agricultural policy”.

A set of images from the event taken by Phil Haygarth can be found here

New IWA Publication – Issues and Solutions to Diffuse Pollution

A new publication of selected papers is available from the 14h International Conference of the IWA Diffuse Pollution Specialist Group (DIPCON 2010) held in September 12-17, 2010, Beaupré, Québec, Canada.

This book entitled Issues and Solutions to Diffuse Pollutionincludes 17 keynote papers and 33 session papers selected by the Editorial Committee on the basis of their relevance and scientific merit, as well as the fact that they reflect the international scope of the issue.

Because of the fast-growing knowledge base on identification, fate and management of diffuse pollution, the objective of the DIPCON 2010 conference was to discuss the most recent research findings and information and for the 220 participants from 36 countries to learn and network about Diffuse Pollution and Eutrophication. The DIPCON conferences are a unique venue for these types of interactions as they are attended by a variety of specialists from academic, institutional and consultant organizations from around the world.

 Although many diffuse pollution aspects were presented and discussed at the DIPCON 2010 conference, this OECD sponsored book focuses on five topics: 1. Watershed management to reduce diffuse pollution; 2. Managing nutrients in freshwater systems; 3. Policy and economics to manage diffuse pollution; 4. Emerging contaminants and micropollutants; 5. Modelling, monitoring and analytical methods.

Understanding and Acting within Loweswater

Understanding and Acting within Loweswater: A Community Approach to Catchment  Management was a three year interdisciplinary research project (2007-2010) funded  by the Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, or RELU.

The research had the strong interdisciplinary focus supported by RELU  and expanded on earlier studies to encompass social, cultural, economic and  policy dimensions in addition to the study of ecological interactions. The study valued the knowledge and experience of local people as much as it did more  formalised knowledges about the local environment and recognized that it is only with local stakeholder involvement as well as with that of institutional  stakeholders that more sustainable ways of managing the Loweswater catchment  area could be devised and implemented.

The aims and objectives were to:

  • To create a mechanism that will enable community-stakeholder and  institutional-stakeholder-involved decision making. The objective of this  mechanism is to provide the basis for long-term ecological, economic and social  sustainability within the Loweswater catchment. At present we refer to this  mechanism as the Loweswater Knowledge Collective or LKC, but this name might be  changed by the community in the future
  • To carry out high quality interdisciplinary research in order to produce a  catchment knowledge-base to inform decision-making. This will include research  on the ecology of land and water (including fish) in the catchment and studies  of institutional regulation and management affecting Loweswater.
  • Research and analysis into the ‘transferability’ of the approach proposed. The research aims to see, in other words, if the way that we are trying to bring  local communities, institutional stakeholders and researchers of different  disciplines together is beneficial. If so, we want to try and judge whether it  can be done elsewhere and at other scales and for different types of problems.


RELU Policy and Practice Note 32:  A community approach to catchment management


The Pontbren Farmer’s Group – Growing Cooperation

The Pontbren Farmers are a group  of 10 neighbouring small farmers and their families located in the heart of the  Welsh countryside. The group is committed to farming at the highest possible  standards of environmental management and animal welfare.

They came together as a group of three in 1997, with the remainder joining in 2001. The  land they farm covers around 1000 hectares in the catchment of Pontbren Stream  near Llanfair Caereinion in the rolling countryside of the old county of Montgomeryshire (now Powys).

From the start the group  wished to return to farming in a more traditional way, based on extensively  reared native breeds of sheep. Their changes are also restoring the landscape  to the way it used to be, as the farmers plant woodland, shelter belts and  hedgerows. Water management is being made more sustainable by restoring and  re-establishing the traditional farm ponds and wetlands.

More information:

Fraser Basin, British Columbia


For the past 10 years, the  Fraser Basin Council (FBC) and its partners have tackled a wide range of  sustainability issues  that impact communities across the Basin and beyond. FBC has worked on providing information and tools to assist authorities in flood hazard management, combatting the spread of invasive plant species, managing the effects of climate change, strengthening rural communities, developing a sustainable fish and fisheries strategy, building constructive aboriginal and non-aboriginal relationships and measuring progress towards sustainability. Here are the key initiatives underway.


For more information

Clun Forest ‘Land, Life & Livelihoods’ Project

The Land, Life and Livelihoods project aims to explore and demonstrate how farmers and the Clun Forest community can work together to sustain their strong sense of community, their quality of life, unique environment, landscape and wildlife and thriving healthy farms for everyone’s future.

A Summary Document outlining this project is available.


Further information
Cath Landles at Shropshire Hills AONB Partnership, The Old Post Office, Craven Arms.
T: 01588 674080. E:

or from Bob Harris –