To maximise the impacts of our donors' investments AND to maximise our positive effects on river conservation, the Westcountry Rivers Trust have developed a suite of projects and initiatives, which run across the spectrum of the environmental world. Throughout all of these projects, WRT maintains a common theme, which is the implementation of an integrated catchment management and ecosystem services-based approach.
River Improvement Projects (CRF)
Funded by the Catchment Restoration Fund, the Trust's River Improvment Projects will take place on the Dart and Teign, the Axe and Exe, the Rivers of South Hams, the Rivers of South Cornwall and the Taw. The projects aim to improve the health of river ecosystems through targeted habitat management work and by reducing the amount of pollution entering the rivers. River connectivity will also be improved by removing historic obstacles such as weirs.
Upstream Thinking (SWW)
The Upstream Thinking project, funded by South West Water, is partnership project that also includes Devon and Cornwall Wildlife Trusts, the EA and Dartmoor National Park Authority which aims to improve raw water quality through a collaborative approach which sees landowners informed and assisted in the protection of river catchments as part of an integrated approach to good land management. Tailored one to one advice and farm plans are supported by a capital grant scheme.
WATER Project (Interreg)
The WATER (Wetted land: The Assessment, Techniques & Economics of Restoration) project (now concluded) was a €3.9 million programme funded by the France (Channel) England Interreg IVA Programme and led by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, which aimed to revolutionise the way we restore and manage our environment by developing innovative funding mechanisms. The project produced a number of useful outputs and the Catchment Management Infomration Gateway website.
AARC Project (Interreg)
The EU Interreg-funded Atlantic Aquatic Resource Conservation (AARC) Project (now extended) combines high quality science with practical help for rivers around the Atlantic coast. This is achieved by working at the appropriate scale to the problem in hand, using a variety of different approaches; including conservation genetics, river restoration, aquaculture and educational approaches across the European partners.
Country Sports Project (RDPE)
Funded partly by the Rural Development Programme for England, and commissioned by the South West Regional Development Agency under the Sustainable Rural Tourism theme, the Country Sports Project is a three year project running until June 2013. The objective of the project is to ensure that the South West region becomes the premier tourism destination for country sports; especially fishing.
The Exe Project
A joint initiative of The River Exe and Tributaries Association (RETA) and The Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT), The River Exe Project has embarked on an exciting venture to protect, restore and enhance salmon habitat throughout the whole of the River Exe catchment.
COLLABOR8 is a transnational European project, funded through European Regional Development Funding Interreg IVB, that aims to contribute to the economic prosperity, sustainability & cultural identity of North West Europe in increasingly competitive global markets. The project has focused on the development of recreational access to Westcountry Rivers and building partnerships between these activities and other business interests in the region.
Westcountry Angling Passport
The Westcountry Angling Passport initiative was started as a result of the Trust discovering a considerable undeveloped fishing resource on many farms and properties within Cornwall and Devon. By facilitating the sustainable development of this resource, the Trust aims to provide farmers and landowners with an economic incentive to protect and enhance the rivers, streams and lakes of the Westcountry.