We’re working in partnership with organisations and individuals across our region to protect and restore the water environment as a part of the catchment based approach (CaBA).
The catchment based approach is a way of working at a river catchment scale to improve the water environment for wildlife and people. By working together, the catchment partnerships aims to:
share local knowledge and expertise
identify the local challenges
deliver cost effective solutions with multiple benefits.
There are five catchment partnerships, or catchment initiatives, in the Wessex Water region; Bristol Avon, Hampshire Avon, Somerset and under Dorset, Poole Harbour and the Stour. We work with all the catchment partnerships in the region and host two catchment partnerships, Bristol Avon and Poole Harbour, and co-host the Stour catchment initiative with the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
Local communities and organisations have been brought together in this partnership to improve the water environment.
Dorset catchment partnerships
The Dorset catchment has three unique catchments: Poole Harbour, Stour and the West Dorset Rivers and Coastal Streams. The Poole Harbour catchment initiative formed in 2012 and Stour in 2014. Each has a delivery group consisting of a range of organisations, groups and authorities dedicated to working together to improve the water environment across Dorset.
The Dorset strategy group oversees the delivery groups, including the Poole Harbour catchment initiative and the Stour catchment initiative. The Dorset strategy group represents all catchments and sub-catchments in Dorset on water issues to ensure an integrated approach to the management and improvements to achieve Water Framework Directive and Biodiversity 2020 targets. For more information see the Dorset catchment partnerships terms of reference.