The Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) was introduced nationally by Government to encourage organisations and communities to work together to help identify, understand and tackle the pressures that are impacting on our water environment. It recognises that we need a integrated approach across a whole catchment, from source to sea, and that by working together in a coordinated way we will be in a better position to make positive changes. We all have an impact on our water environment and we can all do something to help.    

A healthy water environment is important for us all, and the sustainable use of water is central to the economy and livelihoods. It is a necessity for industry and farming; it’s critical for healthy and thriving habitats,flora and fauna; it’s key to our enjoyment of leisure activities,  when we go fishing, walk the dog or swim. But if none of these ring a bell - then perhaps it’s important to you because you need water to survive, flush the toilet and take a shower (we hope!).

West Cumbria Rivers Trust are fortunate to be DEFRA-appointed hosts for three catchments which together cover our ‘patch’ these are: 

  • The Derwent Catchment
  • The South West Lakes Catchment (Eden & Calder, and Irt, Esk, Mite & Annas catchments)
  • The Wampool & Waver Catchment

We run two catchment partnership groups covering these areas - the West Cumbria Catchment Partnership covering the Derwent and South-West Lakes catchments, and the Wampool & Waver Catchment partnership covering, yep you guessed it, the Wampool and Waver catchment.

The West Cumbria Catchment Partnership, set up in 2015, comprises a wide range of people from different backgrounds, all of whom have an interest in improving the management of the river catchments in West Cumbria.  


The Partnership’s Vision:

To achieve this the Catchment Partnerships will:

-  Consider the need of all stakeholders including local communities.

- Use the best available evidence to agree strategic priorities for the Catchment (see our Catchment Plan).

- Ensure improved coordination of activities within the catchment to make best use of available resources.

- Deliver cost-effective practical projects.