Catchment land use is driven by cultural memory and global market forces for food and fuel, and in recent years these have been offset by European subsidies and regulation. At Water & Environment 2011: CIWEM’s Annual Conference, Dr Dylan Bright from Westcountry Rivers Trust will be discussing how a new approach is needed to liberate landowners and farmers from unnecessary bureaucracy, giving them the incentives and the will to provide wider catchment benefits needed by society.

Dr Bright believes that by linking ecosystem services providers with their beneficiaries, through robust examples that permit ‘no regrets’ decisions to be made, public and private investment in wider catchment management is possible. At the heart of this transaction needs to be an ethical third sector broker which can target funds in a cost effective way and utilise multiple funding routes to deliver a catchment scale, stakeholder agreed resource protection plan.

In his talk, Catchment Management - A Brave New World, Dr Bright will show how the Westcountry Rivers Trust is piloting an example of this vision, by linking private and public funding routes to deliver wide scale ecosystem service restoration and protection through the empowerment of landowners and farmers in the West Country.

Water & Environment 2011: CIWEM’s Annual Conference will focus on the Big Society and aims to provide a comprehensive response to the Government’s Programme.  The event takes place on 6th and 7th April 2011 and will include a mix of keynote speakers, offered papers, exhibitions and networking opportunities that will make this the key event for water and environment professionals.

The Rt. Reverend Dr James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool, and Tony Juniper, environmentalist and former Executive Director of Friends of the Earth are just two of the confirmed keynote speakers to give their response to the Government’s programme. For more information, go to http://www.ciwem.org/events/annual-conference.aspx.

The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, CIWEM, is an independent professional body and a registered charity, advancing the science and practice of water and environmental management for a clean, green and sustainable world. www.ciwem.org

‘Catchment Management - A Brave New World’ will be presented by Dr Dylan Bright and Dr Laurence Couldrick from Westcountry Rivers Trust on 6th April 2011.

Sponsors to date include Halcrow, Hydro International, MWH, YSI Hydrodata.

Exhibitors to date include Polypipe, Maltby Land Surveys, Mott MacDonald, Wiley-Blackwell

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