A glimpse into WILD (Water & Integrated Local Delivery)
An edit for the EU Pegasus project
A unique approach - aimed at environmental and social health. In concept, and in practice, water is the key.
WILD embraces a catchment (or watershed) approach. Engaging stakeholders and local communities is key, and the Catchment Based Approach is a means to do this. Land and water are inseparable and we rely on the health of both for ecological and social well-being.
WILD is a collaborative project which includes the Gloucestershire Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), Countryside and Community Research Institute (CCRI), Cotswold Water Park Trust (CWPT), Gloucestershire Rural Community Council (GRCC) and others.
The project is being hosted by FWAG. Within Gloucestershire, FWAG have been developing an integrated local delivery (ILD) model, implemented in a range of situations that utilises and enables those with local skills and environmental land management knowledge to contribute to the management of sensitive and key environmental sites.
Integrated Local Delivery - ILD
ILD is a simple delivery framework developed by FWAG, CCRI and Natural England that enables the increased participation from partners, communities and farmers to improve the water environment. Using the ILD scoping exercise enables the environmental assets within each catchment, and the relevant partners, to be identified, and gives a forum for shared problem-solving and understanding of the catchments' priorities.
There are 8 key themes to the ILD model:
▪ looks to work within the lowest appropriate National and European administrative structure (i.e. parish or ward, town, county, district, region, country);
▪ clarifies which statutory and non-statutory partners have an interest in the area so that they can be involved and their strategic aims and objectives identified and delivered within that administrative area;
▪ seeks to deliver a wide range of strategic objectives within the defined area in order to maximise the wider landscape scale potential effective use of public funds;
▪ seeks to strongly support and value the role and knowledge of the farming community;
▪ promotes the use of facilitation through an independent third party to develop a local management
▪ group that acts as the collective discussion forum for the area, with clear lines of communication to those public agencies with legal responsibilities;
▪ incorporates the Parish Council (or other local government framework) into the communication structure of the local management group to ensure continuity beyond project timescales;
▪ provides a forum for all those within the defined area to take action and offer knowledge and resource to achieve multi objective delivery with an inclusive list of partners;
▪ identifies funding opportunities, particularly through the Rural Development Programme for England, (RDPE) and match funding through joined up partnership working.