Blueprint for Water, first launched in 2006, is a group of likeminded organisations with a bold plan: to revolutionise the way water is managed in England for the benefit of people and wildlife. Together with their members and supporters Blueprint for Water forms a dedicated movement of over six million people.
Blueprint for Water states ‘All of us are passionate about the health of our rivers, beaches, ponds, estuaries and other wild places. We are working to understand the problems facing our water environments and to develop solutions to those problems. We collaborate with Government, water companies, regulators, scientists and other civil society groups to provide sound, evidence-based policy advice.’
Previous work has included the publication of two Blueprints for Water, in 2006 and 2010, which have described the steps needed to achieve a sustainable water environment. In 2015 they will be launching their revised Blueprint for Water, based on the five goals described here.
- Use water wisely
- It’s easy to understand why most people think water is an infinite resource. But when businesses, agriculture and homes demand more water, it is taken from the natural environment and can harm wildlife and their habitats.
- Protect & Restore Wildlife
- There are protected areas for wildlife, but many are in poor condition and desperately need restoring. Many are isolated havens which wildlife can’t spread beyond. Species are being forced to adapt with changes in climate.
- Manage floods
- Flooding can be devastating to people and wildlife. But, by making space for water in the right places, floods can be controlled or even prevented and wildlife can also benefit.
- Stop Pollution
- We all know that pollution is a bad thing, both for people and wildlife. But at the moment, efforts to stop pollution tend to focus on expensive clean up afterwards. Wouldn’t it be better to remove the sources of pollution from our environment?
- Join up water management
- From springs, to streams and rivers, lakes and ponds, and estuaries our waters are an interconnected living system. But the way we manage water is fragmented and ineffective.
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