Resilient Catchment Communities

Resilient Catchment Communities

Resilient Catchment Communities

Lead Organisation: Westcountry Rivers Trust, University of Plymouth and Duchy College

Investment Priority: Supporting Local Business

Fund: Net Zero and Resilience and Green Skills Programme 

SPF awarded: £470,000

Location: Cornwall wide 


Resilient Catchment Communities (RCC) is a collaborative project and approach in community monitoring of river resilience and building capacity and capability in the design, implementation and monitoring of community-led Nature Based Solutions (NBS) to deliver Integrated Catchment Management (ICM).

The project will see increases in community understanding of river resilience and the creation of key NBS demonstration sites across Cornwall. This will enable communities, farmers, environmental NGO’s, contractors and funders to see how the density, diversity and interconnectedness of measures can be delivered alongside sustainable food production.

NBS features aim to counteract the oversimplification and acceleration of drainage patterns. Typically, after rainfall, water exits our catchments rapidly and polluted, leading to flooding, contamination, and eventually drought. In contrast, a resilient system ensures water departs slowly and in a purified state.

Whilst the project draws on several organisations to help steer the project, such as the Environment Agency and the Cornwall and Tamar Catchment Partnerships, it is delivered through a tri-partite group of Westcountry Rivers Trust, University of Plymouth and Duchy College.

The goal of this initiative is to establish both virtual and physical platforms for educating individuals and communities about the influence of upstream built, farmed, and natural assets on river resilience, including water quantity and quality. It also aims to demonstrate how NBS can be strategically implemented in conjunction with various factors like food and energy production.

The project will work on six sites spread across Cornwall to develop this initiative so that the Westcountry Rivers Trust can showcase how the density, diversity and interconnectedness of NBS can be delivered alongside their farm business model.


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