Event Title

Session A5: We Did It. Overview of the Largest River Barrier Mitigation Programme Delivered by a Non-Government Organization in the UK

Presenter Information

Alistair Maltby, The Rivers Trust

Location

Groningen, The Netherlands

Event Website

http://fishpassage.umass.edu/

Start Date

23-6-2015 3:15 PM

End Date

23-6-2015 3:40 PM

Description

Abstract:

The River Improvement Fund Programme was an initiative of three phases over four years, wholly managed by The Rivers Trust and actioned by rivers trusts throughout the Country. It delivered the largest ever river improvement programme by a non governmental organisation in England including: 146 multi fish species barriers eased, passed or removed 87 eel barriers eased, passed or tidal flap valves installed 88 riparian habitat improvements Over 130 waterbodies with increased ecological potential 44 feasibility studies for further improvement work Resulting in over 2,800 km of rivers with improved ecological potential Evaluation of the programme demonstrates the benefits of a community-led approach over a centralized or statutory one, including more than £2.3M of co-financing on top of the £6M provided by central government, thereby improving affordability in difficult financial times.

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Presenting Author Bio: Alistair Maltby is a fish biologist and watershed manager with over 17 years experience working with community-led organisations to deliver holistic catchment / watershed management. He is Director for the North of England of The Rivers Trust, the umbrella body for community-led river restoration in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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Jun 23rd, 3:15 PM Jun 23rd, 3:40 PM

Session A5: We Did It. Overview of the Largest River Barrier Mitigation Programme Delivered by a Non-Government Organization in the UK

Groningen, The Netherlands

Abstract:

The River Improvement Fund Programme was an initiative of three phases over four years, wholly managed by The Rivers Trust and actioned by rivers trusts throughout the Country. It delivered the largest ever river improvement programme by a non governmental organisation in England including: 146 multi fish species barriers eased, passed or removed 87 eel barriers eased, passed or tidal flap valves installed 88 riparian habitat improvements Over 130 waterbodies with increased ecological potential 44 feasibility studies for further improvement work Resulting in over 2,800 km of rivers with improved ecological potential Evaluation of the programme demonstrates the benefits of a community-led approach over a centralized or statutory one, including more than £2.3M of co-financing on top of the £6M provided by central government, thereby improving affordability in difficult financial times.

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