Wetted Land: the Assessment, Techniques & Economics of Restoration

The WATER project will develop a market based catchment restoration scheme which will be based on a Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) model and aims to identify both delivery and funding mechanisms to lever private investment for catchment restoration

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WATER Project Deliverable Actions

The two objectives of the WATER Project will be delivered through four main actions:

  1. Assessing former distribution of wetted land within six river catchments, sub-catchments and local areas (rivers Exe & Axe - Devon, Ouse & Adur - Sussex, Cousenon - Ille et Vilaine and Oust - Morbihan) and several smaller test catchments.

  2. Restoring and managing areas of wetted land and integrating it with economic research studies.

  3. Evaluating the economic costs and benefits of restoring wetted land aimed at five private interest groups (water treatment, flood mitigation, carbon offsetting, biodiversity and catchment food branding).

  4. Dissemination and transferral of knowledge through the project partnership and extension of the project approach through the development of a wider Channel network.