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Posted by Ilse Steyl Posted on 2018-06-08

Water Catchment Summit - 29 May 2018

On 29 May 2018 a water catchment summit was held in Moreton-in-Marsh, bringing togther 120 experts and thought leaders from business, agriculture, regulation, academia, government, the public sector and civil society to explore innovative ways to address the challenges of catchment management. The Summit was organised by University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in partnership with Anglian Water, Thames Water and Yorkshire Water.

The Crane Valley Partnership was represented at the Summit by Ilse Steyl (CVP Development Manager), Rob Gray (chair of Friends of the River Crane) and Joe Pecorelli (Zoological Society of London).

A full summary report of the day is available for download.

A call to action by His Royal highness The Prince of Wales

The Summit was convened at the direct request of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Chaired by Mr. Peter Simpson, CEO, Anglian Water, the Summit explored the positive steps already taken by many different stakeholders, including water companies, to improve the management of major water catchments; despite this more needs to be done to move beyond ‘end of pipe’ solutions to problems. Water is a shared resource that is critical to the success of many sectors and everyone, from customers and their communities through to companies and regulators; each has a role to play. The Summit showcased the latest best practise examples of catchment partnerships and water management, enabled insight into catchment management in action, and provided a forum to discuss future innovative solutions that value water in its full perspective.


A number of speakers from different sectors (Richard Benyon MP; Richard Aylard CVP, External Affairs & Sustainability Director, Thames Water; Nevil Muncaster, Director of Asset Management, Yorkshire Water; Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks and Spencer; Arlin Rickard, Chief Executive, The River Trust) shared their views on what was needed to galvanise different stakeholders and promote greater action across different river catchments in the UK.

The key note address was delivered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on behalf of Defra. Lord Gardiner spoke of the 25 year plan for the Environment and the ambitious goal of handing the environment over to the next generation in a better state than it was previously. He noted that Defra are firmly behind this initiative and in support of the leadership group that has now emerged from this Summit.

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales joined the Summit for the afternoon session to share his views and was enormously encouraged to see such a distinguished gathering take place. His Royal Highness’s speech is available to read.

Catchment Management Declaration

A catchment management declaration, consisting of six principles, was tabled at the Summit. This declaration was developed during the lead up to the Summit by a cross section of companies (Anglian Water, M&S, Nestlé, Thames Water and Yorkshire Water), supported by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, The Rivers Trust and Business in the Community

The purpose of the declaration is to:

  • encourage collaboration across multi-sectors and stakeholders
  • respond positively to the 25 Year Environment Plan
  • create connections between existing initiatives
  • and to create real practical actions

The Declaration consists of six principles. It acknowledges that change cannot be achieved by a few regulatory tweaks, nor can any single sector or government agency, working in isolation, deliver change. It is a call from business, civil society organisations and the public sector to commit to the water catchment-related ambition of the 25 Year Environment Plan and support collective activities that will deliver successful catchment management.

Up to date, over 80 organisations have signed up o the declaration, including the CVP. Please read and sign up to the Declaration to show your support.

Catchment Management Declaration