The national Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) was introduced by Government to encourage organisations and communities to work together to help identify, understand and tackle the issues.
The West Cumbria Catchment Partnership was set up in 2015, hosted by West Cumbria Rivers Trust, to bring together a wide range of people with an interest in improving the rivers and lakes of West Cumbria.
The 2015 winter floods brought flood risk to the forefront of our agenda. The West Cumbria Catchment Management Group was established as part of the Cumbria Strategic Flood Partnership, to bring together partners with an interest in, or responsibility for, reducing flood risk in West Cumbria.
In practice, the Catchment Management Group integrated into the existing Catchment Partnership, bringing a wider range of stakeholders together, including community flood action groups and flood risk authorities. Having an integrated approach to flood risk and environmental outcomes across a whole catchment gets better outcomes for every pound spent, for people and the environment. Our catchment planning is supported and part funded under the Natural Course project as part of the European Life programme.
Collaborative working takes time and effort and is not easy to fund. We are always looking for further funding to continue and improve our Catchment Partnership working.