Catchment-Based Approach (CaBA) Community
In 2011, the UK government piloted a new approach to river basin planning in the context of the European Water Framework Directive (WFD), which encouraged integrated catchment management through the formation and collaboration of local partnerships. In 2013, this ‘Catchment-Based Approach’ was rolled out across the whole country with funds being released to support its initial development.
The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) involves collaborative working at a river catchment scale to deliver improvements to the water environment. Catchment partnerships are now active in each of the 100+ catchments across England and cross-border Wales. More than 1,500 organisations are engaged with CaBA nationwide including non-governmental organisations, water companies, local authorities and government agencies, landowners, angling clubs, farming groups, academia & local businesses.
There is a wide range of resources available to catchment partnerships to support the development of CaBA. The CaBA website provides useful information about all the different catchments, as well as case studies and advice about best practice for stakeholder engagement, water quality monitoring or modelling, or the targeting and delivery of river improvement measures. The CaBA Support Team organise conferences and workshops, as well as provide newsletters and other useful resources to support catchment partnerships.
CaBA website – http://www.catchmentbasedapproach.org/