Many different organisations are working within specific sectors to improve the catchment and protect their members’ interests. There are many initiatives, partnerships, plans and projects underway and a range of work programmes in place at sub-catchment and county boundary levels under the umbrella of the Broadland Catchment Partnership. The partnership wants to join up all of this work, share resources and involve local businesses and communities in developing, funding and carrying out projects. There is investment from a range of sources including Defra, the European Union and the private sector including Tesco and also Coca-Cola via WWF, the Rivers Trust and Norfolk Rivers Trust.
RiverLands aims to improve the quality of the water and wetlands, reduce flood risk to people and property and enhance biodiversity across the Upper Bure Valley above Aylsham. RiverLands is a national partnership programme between the National Trust and the Environment Agency (and Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru – Natural Resources Wales) following the Catchment Based Approach. The overall aim of the partnership is to work more strategically together in catchments where the National Trust has greatest land ownership to achieve multiple benefits for water, people and wildlife. In the upper Bure Valley this includes the Blickling and Felbrigg estates. For more information on the project read the Upper Bure Newsletter.
As a national initiative, The Wildlife Trusts are championing the Living Landscape schemes around the UK which take a new view to managing land to do more for wildlife, people and the economy. Within the Broadland Rivers Catchment there are three living landscapes, North Norfolk, Bure and Thurne and Claylands run by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust. The Suffolk Wildlife Trust support the National Nature Recovery Network.
Championing the Farmed Environment
Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE) encourages farmers to protect and enhance the environment. It is administered by the NFU and FWAG and has local liaison groups for Norfolk and Suffolk to facilitate farmers in choosing, locating and managing suitable voluntary measures to protect soil and water, and benefit wildlife.
Other water or wildlife related initiatives
- The Norfolk and Suffolk Water Management Partnerships deliver flood risk management across their counties.
- The Suffolk Biodiversity Partnership works to conserve, enhance and restore biodiversity across the county.
- The Brograve Partnership aims to address salt ingress in the upper Thurne system due to coastal land drainage.
- The Broads Angling Services Group works to improve angling access and protect fish stocks.