Catchment Issues

Quantifying the Benefits of Water Quality Catchment Management Initiatives: Volume 1 - A Benefit Assessment Framework

Reference: 12/WR/26/10
ISBN: 1 84057 648 0
Published Date: 22/08/2012

This report presents a framework and supporting toolkit for assessing the benefits of catchment management schemes. Specifically it develops an approach for quantifying the benefits; provides structured, step-by-step guidance on undertaking a benefit assessment; offers practical advice and guidance on assessing effectiveness and monetising resulting benefits; signposts further guidance, resources and tools; and discusses how the results of the benefit assessment may be used in a cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis.
The framework may be used to undertake a qualitative, quantitative or monetary assessment of the benefits (or negative dis-benefits) resulting from a specific management intervention. The framework may be used in an appraisal to forecast the benefits of one or more options before a decision is made, or in an evaluation to measure the benefits realised by an operational scheme. This information may be an end in itself, but is more commonly input into a cost-effectiveness or cost-benefit analysis to judge whether a scheme is economically viable or to decide where to invest in catchment management.
This set of four Volumes comprises a Benefit Assessment Framework, an Overview Report, a Review of the Effectiveness of Catchment Management Initiatives and Case Studies. The set is sold together for £100.

Price: £64  

Planning for Potential Changes in Land Management Practices and Policies

Reference: 12/WR/26/14
ISBN: 1 84057 645 6
Published Date: 20/08/2012

This report provides a body of evidence to support planning for future change at a national scale. At a catchment scale, activity and impact will be influenced both by national trends, and by the local conditions, market forces and relevant policy, and action will be ultimately determined by individual landowners. It is the combination of individual and local activities that will determine the nature of land use and management change and the options for a water company to: a) influence processes within a catchment; or b) increase investment in treatment costs.
Planning for future change at some level is essential to ensure that future AMP cycles are appropriately funded. The level at which this planning could take place could be strategic, looking at regional trends or local and catchment based with respect to individual sources. The work undertaken for this project provides an insight into the types of change that could occur and how to assess regional trends at a relatively high level before deciding how to focus future investigations.

Price: £14  

WAgriCo Final Technical Report

Reference: 09/WR/26/8
ISBN: 1 84057 545 X
Published Date: 26/11/2009

WAgriCo, a match funded project with the EU LIFE Programme (in the UK matched with funding from Defra and UK Partners) was a collaborative catchment management project between UK partners and farmers around Dorchester in the UK and an equivalent arrangement in Lower Saxony in Germany. The aim of the project was to improve groundwater quality by reducing nitrate leaching by adopting the large scale use of a Programme of Measures (PoMs) in the eight pilot catchments. This Final Technical Report, in the EU LIFE format, sets out the findings of this three year project including farmer engagement; farm audits and assessment; PoMs and their uptake; and monitoring. The Annexes that accompany this report on CD-ROM include the earlier reports (08/WR/26/4,5,6&7) as they were submitted during the project, in electronic format .

Price: £18