The tri-annual ACCP-Forum meeting was held on Wednesday 14th February at Bradford City Hall. The Chair, Jeff Keenlyside, welcomed the attendees and went on to inform them that the ACCP Management Group have recruited 3 new members; Robin Gray (Pennine Prospects), Richard Grayson (University of Leeds/iCASP) and Guy Thompson (White Rose Forest/Yorkshire West Local Nature Partnership).
The following key topics were then discussed during the meeting:
- Medium Term Plan
- Water Environment Grant funding
- Gaining environmental benefits from FCRM schemes
- LCR LGF3 funding & Natural flood management update
- Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum – INNS Mapper
Medium Term Plan (MTP)
The MTP is refreshed every year and funding is allocated to the listed projects based on the project delivery objectives relating to WFD and the Catchment Plan.
Funding streams for the MTP include; Fisheries Improvement Fund, Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management and Water Environment Improvement Fund.
Water Environment Grant (WEG) funding
WEG is an EU funding stream facilitated by the Environment Agency. The aim of the funding is to deliver WFD deliverables with rural benefits.
Applications open on the 18th March 2018. A workshop about the funding stream will be held on the 24th March and will provide more information about the funding and application process.
Gaining environmental benefits from FCRM schemes
There are currently 115 schemes on the Aire & Calder FCRM programme worth a value of £181 million. Although FCRM cannot fund stand-alone environmental projects, they can incorporate certain environmental outputs. These include: Length of river improved for WFD and area of designated/priority habitat created/improved.
FCRM also have a MTP, and it was agreed that there was a need to contact the FCRM board to try and incorporate some environmental improvements onto the current project list.
LCR LGF3 funding & Natural flood management update
£1.7 million has been put aside for NFM within the Aire & Calder. The money is to be split between the following projects: Gorpley Reservoir, Upper Aire, Wessenden and Hardcastle Crags.
Leeds FAS2 has a large amount of NFM projects lined up and is running a pilot project on Eshton beck.
Yorkshire Invasive Species Forum – INNS Mapper
INNS Mapper is a tool which allows surveyors/partners to upload and review invasive species location and treatment in their catchment. CSV files containing the above information can be downloaded into either Excel or GIS to aid in strategic land management.
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